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Artists, Museums, Indian Art

retailers, wholesalers and col-

lectors.

The mission of the IACA is to

promote, preserve and protect

authentic American Indian arts

and crafts.

Today, the IACA hosts two of

the largest trade shows that

feature Native American artists

from the U.S. and Canada, and

each year recognizes the very

top artists through the prestig-

ious

IACA Artist of the Year

Award.

IACA also conducts seminars

and produces educational pro-

grams and publications to pro-

mote the understanding of the

arts.

Learn more.

www.iaca.com

River Trading Post’s Joe Zeller

has been elected to serve a two-

year term on the board of direc-

tors of the Indian Arts and

Crafts Association (IACA), and

on the Indian Art Education

Association (IAEA).

Established in 1974, today

IACA includes a world wide

roster of over 600 members,

including Native American

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Volume 7, Issue 2

Page 3

F

AVORITE

P

LACES

: W

UPATKI

P

UEBLO

Beyond the southwestern bor-

der of Anasaziland, and over-

looking the vast Painted Desert,

lies an ancient Sinagua city

called Wupatki (translated:

Long Cut House). It may have

been Northern Toltec outpost.

This is the country where Sun-

set Crater erupted sometime

between 1065 and 1067, spew-

ing a blanket of cinders and ash

over the entire basin.

The eruption caused the soil to

retain ground moisture, making

it desirable for dry-land farm-

ing. This appealed to the Sina-

gua who quickly expanded into

the area, and where they built

the Wupatki Pueblo.

More than 2,000 individual

sites have been found in the

Wupatki basin, which is just

north of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Wupatki was occupied from

about 1120 to 1210, and shows

the strong influence of the Ana-

sazi architecture found to the

north.

Today, more than 100 rooms of

the huge structure have been

partially excavated, and it is

very accessible to visitors. You

will be astounded by the beauty

of the ruins and fascinated by

its ancient ball court where an

ancient game was played with a

ball made from a rock covered

with pine pitch and grasses.

The ball court was used as an

expression of the Mayan crea-

tion story.

In our travels around Indian

Country, this is one of our fa-

vorite places. If you get to the

Flagstaff area, don’t miss this

one. And, don’t forget to bring

your camera.

F

OUR

G

REAT

C

OLLECTOR

E

XPERIENCES

River Trading Post

314 N. River Street

Dundee, Illinois 60118

847-426-6901

610 B. Canyon Road

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

505-982-2805

7033 E. Main Street

Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

480-444-0001

www.rivertradingpost.com

Whether you are decorating

your home or are an avid col-

lector of fine American Indian

art, you will find River Trading

Post has a great mix of historic

and contemporary art from

over 83 tribal nations.

Come visit. Enjoy!

Dundee

RTP On-Line

Scottsdale

Santa Fe

Wupatki Pueblo overlooks the

Painted Desert and soars into

the deep blue sky