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techniques and skills with her

family, her Pueblo and the

world, in keeping with her be-

lief that an individual could not

succeed without supporting the

group.

Maria Martinez won many

awards and helped create both

demand and respect for beauti-

ful, well-made pottery. In doing

so, she enabled others to make

a living at the pueblo of San

Ildefonso. Today, artists and

galleries in the area thrive as a

testament to the legacy of

Maria Martinez

.

The American Indian College

Fund has recently released one

of its popular collectors blan-

kets to commemorate the

famed potter.

The Maria Martinez Pendleton

Blanket is available at River

Trading Post.

Legendary Southwest ceramic

artist Maria Martinez (1887-

1980) is renowned for her

black-on-black pottery, re-

creating an ancient art form

until then seen only in muse-

ums.

In the Tewa pueblo of San Ilde-

fonso, New Mexico, she was

known for making the thinnest

pots in the fastest amount of

time. She shared her traditional

A

MERICAN

I

NDIAN

C

OLLEGE

F

UND

C

OMMEMORATES

M

ARIA

W

ITH

P

ENDLETON

Volume 7, Issue 3

Page 3

F

AVORITE

P

LACES

: M

ONUMENT

V

ALLEY

Tsé Bii’ Ndzisgaii

(Valley of

The Rocks) is the Navajo name

for a place we know as Monu-

ment Valley.

This place is truly awe-inspiring

with its iconic sandstone buttes,

the largest of which juts 1,000

feet above the valley floor. It

truly is one of the definitive

images of the American West,

and is situated on the Navajo

Reservation.

The single, long empty road to

Monument Valley leads across

the flat desert, past Navajo

hogans, toward the 1,000 foot

high stark cliffs on the horizon.

For a truly breath-taking experi-

ence, visitors can take a 17 mile

drive through the towering cliffs

and mesas. With all of the

stops to explore and photo-

graph, the trip takes about 2

hours.

A must on a trip through this

beautiful place, is to stop your

car and turn your engine

off...and

listen to the silence

.

When you do, you will truly

experience the magic of Monu-

ment Valley.

When you go, you may want to

hire a Navajo guide to take you

places that otherwise off-limits

to outsiders. This way you can

see ancient cave and cliff dwell-

ings, natural arches and petro-

glyphs that you otherwise

would miss.

If you’ve ever thought that you

would like to get away from it

all, this is the place to go.

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

East and West Mitten Buttes are a

photographer’s favorites.

Monument Valley, an icon of the

American West.

The Maria Martinez Pendleton Blanket by

The American Indian College Fund.