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Did you know that the River

Trading Post Pod Network

contains 29 features and over

24 hours of programming for

you to enjoy?

You can listen to top artists

discuss their culture and their

art through programs featuring

Mark Fischer (Oneida), Amelia

Joe-Chandler (Navajo), Ryon

Polequaptewa (Hopi), Cliff

Fragua (Jemez Pueblo) and

other top artists.

You also will find a good selec-

tion of music created by Ameri-

can Indian artists.

If you haven’t tried this special

River Trading Post service, you

should take a break from TV to

check it out.

You can tune in through a link

on our website, or go directly to

www.rivertradingpost.com/

podcast.xml. Enjoy!

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Following European contact in

the early 17th century, glass

beads were introduced by the

French traders to Native

Groups.

Native artisans ini-

tially believed that

European beads

contained special properties,

giving them a spirit-helper

status.

The glass bead (European trade

beads) became the common

denominator of the Indian fur

trade, and were avidly incorpo-

rated into the Native aesthetic.

Ultimately the glass bead re-

placed the porcupine-quill

wrapping and organic seed

beads as the favored decorative

item.

By the mid 19th century, the

bead art was at its finest, with

elaborate, complex designs

adorning vests, and leggings;

purses and bible bags; belts and

saddles and moccasins.

Today, a piece of great bead-

work is one of the

most prized and

most beautiful

treasures of the

American Indian

art collector.

Great examples of the old bead-

work can be found in each of

our River Trading Post galler-

ies, and on our website.

.

Volume 8, Issue 2

April:June 2011

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:

River Trading Post and Silver Sun

Jewelry show. April 4. 5-7pm. Santa

Fe, NM

Gathering of Nations Powwow

April 28 - 30, Albuquerque, NM

IACA Artist of the Year Award Banquet.

April 5, Santa Fe, NM

IACA Collector’s Market. April 7, Santa

Fe, NM

Eitlejorg Museum Indian Market. June

25 - 26. Indianapolis, In.

Traditional Pueblo Arts

Ongoing at River Trading Post,

Scottsdale, AZ

www.puebloarts.com

R i v e r T r a d i n g P o s t

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Great Art From The

Fragua Family

2

J.B. Moore: The Catalog

Trader

2

Favorite Places: Navajo

Trading Posts

3

IACA Debuts Collector’s

Guild

3

American Indian Art

Collectors Favorites

4

This Sioux child’s vest dates back to the

1880s. The elaborate Sioux design, and

the American Flags, are sewn onto a very

soft brain-tanned hide vest (that also is

fully lined.) This vest currently is on

display at River Trading Post, Scottsdale.