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writer also was referring to re-

nowned artist J.D. Medina.

Perhaps our writer wondered if

we were

interested in artwork by

J.D. Medina.

___________________

My grandmother left me this won-

derful old Cherokee dream catcher.

I am wondering if you would know

where I could possibly sell it, and

how much it might be worth and if

you might want to buy it off me?

I’m willing to take $500 for this.

While the piece is lovely, made

in China and not Cherokee, we

sadly had to turn down this

great offer.

We love the mailbag each day.

It brings some laughs, and

some real head scratchers.

Thought that we would share

some of them with you.

We get mail. Lots of mail.

Sometimes we get an inquiry

that makes us laugh out loud.

To wit:

“Hello. My name is

(deleted), and I have a piece of

indian (sic) art by the artist J.D.

Madina (sic).

I was wondering if

you might be in it?”

After a very close look at the

Madina (sic) picture, we deter-

mined that no, we weren’t in

the picture. We believe that the

F

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M

AILBAG

: A

PAINTING

AND

A

C

HEROKEE

D

REAM

C

ATCHER

Volume 11, Issue 1

Page 3

F

AVORITE

P

LACES

: V

ALLEY

OF

THE

G

ODS

, U

TAH

Take a nice drive on route 163

out of Mexican Hat, Utah, then

turn left onto the nicely paved

Valley of the Gods road.

After a short drive, the pave-

ment abruptly ends, you enter a

curve in the road, and very

suddenly 1,200 feet below you,

a world of blazing color bids

you to visit and explore.

The descent of 1,200 feet of

very narrow switchbacks is not

for the faint of heart.

Once you have “landed”, you

will follow a 17 mile dirt road

through a garden of sandstone

mesas and cliffs standing high

above the desert floor. You will

encounter formations like

Ru-

dolph and Santa Clause, Setting

Hen Butte, Rooster Butte, Degaulle

and His Troops and Lady in the

Bathtub

.

As you pull your car to the side

of the road, and step out to get

some great pictures, you will

notice another stunning feature

of this place.

Absolute silence. And we do

mean

absolute silence.

This place is not a national

park, there are no marked trails,

and there is virtually no traffic

at all.

Another great thing is that there

are no restrictions on either

hiking or camping. The Valley

of the Gods offers all of the

beauty of the much larger Mon-

ument Valley, sans tourists. It is

a hikers and photographers

paradise.

That is why Valley of the Gods

makes our River Trading Post

Favorite Places list.

Whether you are decorat-

ing your home or are an

avid collector of fine

American Indian art, you

will find River Trading

Post has a great mix of

historic and contemporary

art from over 50 tribal

nations.

Come visit. Enjoy!

River Trading Post

314 N. River Street

Dundee, Illinois 60118

847-426-6901

7033 E. Main Street, 102

Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

480-444-0001

www.rivertradingpost.com

Scottsdale

Dundee

Three Great Collector Experiences

Upon a close look at this J.D. Medina

painting, it does not appear as

though we were in it.

We took a pass on

the Chinese Chero-

kee Dream Catcher.

(Loved the Purple

though.)