Trading Post Times
In addition to the wonderful collection of Fred Harvey jewelry being sold by River Trading Post, we have recently come into a collection
of vintage Chimayo Purses originally made for the tourist trade during the Fred Harvey era.
Chimayo weaving is often confused with Navajo weaving. In fact, Chimayo weavers have a rich his-
tory all their own as well as unique designs and patterns. When Coronado arrived to colonize New
Mexico in 1540, he brought about 5,000 Churro sheep, and box-like European looms. These Spanish
settlers lived much the same life as the Native Puebloans, and survived on whatever crops they could
grow given the dry and brutal landscape. The difference was that the Spanish herded sheep and goats,
which provided wool. The Pueblo people by contrast had only used cotton for weaving but quickly
adopted the use of wool due to it’s sturdiness and warmth. Although tools and dyes were shared be-
tween the various groups, the Spaniards continued to use the European looms and the Pueblo people
continued to use their traditional vertical looms.
Designs began with very simple bands of color in both cultures, and eventu-
ally evolved into distinct patterns which could easily be attributed to their
culture of origin. The Navajo began trading and raiding for not only woven
fabric, but also for skilled weavers. They ultimately became extremely
skilled weavers, and are now known as some of the best in the world. They
used—and still use — a vertical loom which could be easily transported
between summer and winter homes.
Today, the weavers of Chimayo are descendants of the original Spanish
settlers, Mexican settlers who came to the region during the 1700s., and
Pueblo people. Their distinct designs and use of the European-style loom
continues and their bright and vibrant culture is reflected in each weaving.
This small collection of vintage Chimayo clutches and wallets is available at River Trading Post in Scottsdale and on our website.
For over 16 years, River Trading Post has
supported the American Indian College Fund
through the sales of limited edition Pendleton
blankets that are created especially for the fund.
American Indians face many unique challenges
getting a college degree or post-high school edu-
cation. Just look at the facts:
Native youth face some of the lowest high
school graduation rates nationwide.
Natives have the lowest educational attain-
ment rates of all ethnic and racial groups in
the United States.
Only 13.8% of American Indian and
Alaska Natives earned a college degree,
compared to 29.7% of other racial groups.
From 2015 through 2016, the fund has provided
scholarships to over 4,000 Native American stu-
dents to help ensure a successful journey for these
young Native American people.
Education is the Answer
drives the American
Indian College Fund.
We support the AICF in a small way by offering
official AICF Pendleton blankets to our collec-
tors, who also wish to support the
American Indian College Fund.
See our collection of AICF blankets at River
Trading Post, and on our Website.
Help support the American Indian College Fund.
Buy a limited edition Pendleton today.
Naskan Saddle Blanket
American Indian College Fund
Old postcard of a loom at Chimayo
Traditional Navajo loom.
Vintage Chimayo Clutch & Wallet
with Fred Harvey Era