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Over a thousand years ago,

people were settling into

population centers in Chaco

Canyon, Mesa Verde and

Kayenta. It is estimated that

these early New Mexico and

Colorado villages were

established as early as AD 490.

The people, known today as the

Anasazi, were known for their

exceptionally high level of ar-

chitectural design and beautiful

art.

Pottery was an important art

form during those ancient

times, and the ancient people

created elegant white pottery,

with geometric designs in black.

Much of the pottery was used

in everyday life, and much was

used for ceremonial purposes.

The Anasazi were prolific

potters.

Anasazi pots were made from

sandstone and shale clay and

the beautiful designs were

carefully painted on with

“brushes” made from the yucca

plant.

Then, by 1300 AD, the Anasazi

had mysteriously disappeared,

leaving their cities and their art

behind.

Though the ceremonial use of

the pottery remains unknown,

today’s Pueblo people who are

Anasazi descendants believe

that the spirit of Mother Earth

that resides in the clay

influenced the design.

Today, this ancient pottery is

largely found in museums

throughout the country

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But

many of the ancient pieces are

alive and well at River Trading

Post. The entire collection can

be seen on our website.

Ancient Pottery In River Trading

Post Collection

more than 900 Indian cowboys

and cowgirls from eight differ-

ent Indian rodeo associations.

The fair offers many other

events including horseracing,

arts and crafts exhibits of world-

renowned Indian artists, the

Miss Navajo Nation competi-

tion as well as plenty of food

and music.

If you get the chance, get to the

fair. It’s a great opportunity to

enjoy the absolute beauty of the

Navajo Nation and to experi-

ence the warmth of some won-

derful people.

Over 100,000 people will de-

scend on the Navajo Nation

capitol, Window Rock, Ari-

zona for the 59th annual Na-

vajo Nation fair.

Visitors from around the world

will visit the Window Rock fair

that runs from September 7

through September 11.

A major highlight of the fair is

the all-Indian rodeo, lassoing in

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Largest American

Indian Fair Draws A

Worldwide Crowd

Santa Fe

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

7140 E. 1st Avenue

Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

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 50 tribal nations.

Come visit. Enjoy!

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Scottsdale

Dundee

RTP On-Line