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In addition to being a leading

proponent, and carver of tradi-

tional kachina dolls, Ramson

has authored three books giving

valuable looks into his culture.

Visitors will have the opportu-

nity to spend time with Ram-

son, to enjoy an extensive col-

lection of his work, and to

watch him as he creates his

unique works from cottonwood

root.

Be sure to circle the time on

your calendar, or mark your

PDA. This is a session that you

will not want to miss.

Hopi author, poet, carver

Ramson Lomatewama will

share some rare insights into his

ancient culture during a special

session at River Trading Post,

Santa Fe.

Ramson’s session will begin at

3pm on Friday, August 19 and

is open to the public, as are all

events at River Trading Post

during Indian Market weekend.

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Volume 2, Issue 3

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F

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Located near the center of the

Navajo Reservation in Arizona

are the mystical canyons of

Canyon de Chelly.

The steep reddish cliffs that

tower over wildflower-covered

bottomlands sheltered the pre-

historic Pueblo Indians for over

1,000 years.

Here lived the earliest Anasazi

basketmakers between 350 and

1300 AD, and today many

Navajo live and farm the land

of the canyons.

This is the place that was rav-

aged and torched by Kit Carson

as he forced the Navajo from

the canyon in 1864.

This is the place where Spider

Rock soars 800 feet into the air,

and according to Navajo leg-

end, is the home of Spider

Woman, the great teacher of

the Navajo weaving art.

Sheltered by the varnished ver-

million cliffs, evidence of the

ancient ways is in abundance.

The awesome ruins called

White House

and Antelope

Ruins keep company with the

ancient petroglyph and picto-

graph messages burnished into

the walls for eternity.

Whether visiting the canyon as

the early morning light filters

down canyon, or at dark as

millions of stars light up the

canyon floor, it truly is a place

where one feels the spirits and

wonders of the past.

No wonder it is one of the

holiest places to the rich Navajo

culture.

Spider Rock

Canyon de Chelly

Ramson Lomatewama

hosts session at River Trading

Post, Friday, August 19

.

Circles on one shoulder repre-

sent the evolution of the ante-

lopes’ soul, and a segmented

circle on the other represents

the soul that gives guidance

during the experience of life

time.

A sun, moon and star on a hind

quarter recognizes our place-

ment in the heavens, with the

sun representing the father, the

moon the mother and the star

representing the child.

An arrowhead on the other

hind quarter represents the rela-

tionship between humankind

and the animal, and how each

serves the other.

The new piece will then be on

exhibit at Indian Market as well

as at River Trading Post.

Jemez sculptor Joe Cajero will

unveil his latest work at River

Trading Post, Santa Fe, during

the August 18 Artist’s Recep-

tion.

The bronze, entitled

Emerging

from Spirit

is of an antelope

beautifully cast with the natural

coloration of the antelope.

On the antelope are images

carved into the body.

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Joe Cajero with clay

model of

Emerging from

Spirit.