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Trading Post Times

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Merlin Kopelva might be con-

sidered an emerging artist by

some. And, while it’s true that

Merlin has just recently made

his work available to the public,

his work has taken collectors by

storm.

Kopelva carves in the tradi-

tional manner, using cotton-

wood root and only natural

pigments for decorative pur-

poses.

While his Kachina dolls are

traditional in style, each one

actually stands on its feet, as

well as hangs on the wall.

Merlin was “discovered” by

River Trading Post in Scotts-

dale, and has been mentored by

Kathi Ouellet, our Scottsdale

gallery director.

Merlin is so good, that a special

page on the River Trading Post

website is devoted to his work.

You are certain to enjoy Merlin

Kopelva’s work at any of our

galleries, or on our website. If

you collect Kachina dolls, Ko-

pelva is a must add to your

collection.

Merlin Kopelva

The Grass Dance originally was

a sacred ritual. It was a part of a

long and complex ceremony

performed by warrior societies

among various tribes of the

plains.

In some regions, a grass dancer

was called upon to perform his

dance in a ceremonial healing

intended to doctor a sick child

who was too weak to move.

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ANCE

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ECKLACE

DISPLAYED

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COTTSDALE

Masao by Merlin Kopelva

Grass dances also blessed feast

grounds where dancers blessed

the ground while they danced

to the beat of the drum. While

they danced, they flattened the

grass with their feet in prepara-

tion for the ceremonies to take

place.

Beautifully quilled necklaces, as

the one pictured at the left,

were donned for the Grass

Dance.

The Sioux Grass Dance neck-

lace on display at RTP, Scotts-

dale dates back to the 1890’s. It

is an excellent example of the

fine quill work of the era, and

one can only imagine the

beauty of the necklace during

the dance.

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

480-444-0001

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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Dundee

RTP On-Line

Scottsdale

Santa Fe