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Trading Post Times

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Since the beginning, River Trading Post has been dedicated to featuring

the work of today’s very finest contemporary Indian artists, as well as

great vintage Indian art.

During that time, our artist family has grown to include many that have

earned the distinguished

Artist of the Year Award

, a highly prized

recognition by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.

You can enjoy the work by each of these artists in our galleries as well as

on our River Trading Post website.

Here is a brief look at each of these great

Artist of the Year Award

winners.

Caroline Carpio

- Isleta Pueblo potter and sculptor who is known for her

River of Life

expressions in both clay and in bronze, including many sold

out editions.

Al Joe

- Navajo jeweler and two-time winner of the prestigious Artist of

the Year award creates stunning hand-made sterling bead necklaces as

well as bracelets that, while contemporary, reflect his Navajo heritage.

Mary Lou Big Day

- Crow doll maker, whose creations help teach young

girls about their responsibilities as they grew older and teach them respect

for their roles as women -- from giving birth to caring for their children

and grandchildren, and later in life, caring for their mothers and grand-

mothers. Her dolls are also a lesson in history.

Shane Hendren

- Navajo jeweler known for his continuing search for

innovation and elegance in his creations. He is known for his mo-

kumegane technique which he combines with sterling silver, natural tur-

quoise and other beautiful stones.

Amelia Joe Chandler -

Navajo jeweler whose creative expression is

through the use of metal. Each piece is inspired by Amelia’s observations

and reflections of the natural beauty of Mother Earth and the teachings

that she has learned from her Diné (Navajo) culture.

Cliff Fragua -

Jemez Pueblo Sculptor is among the finest American In-

dian sculptors today. His rendition of Popé is on permanent display at the

Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol Building.

Pahponee -

Potawatomie/Kickapoo potter/sculptor who has a track re-

cord of winning awards for her truly exceptional work, including first

place category at the 2012 Heard Museum Indian Market.

Caroline Carpio

Isleta Pueblo

2012

Mary Lou Big Day

Crow

2008

Amelia Joe-Chandler

Navajo

Al Joe

Navajo

2001 and 2009

Shane Hendren

Navajo

2007

Cliff Fragua

Jemez Pueblo

2005

Pahponee

Potawatomie/Kickapoo

1999