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BIA official.)

This hat found its way to River

Trading Post from high atop a

dusty shelf outside the San Xa-

vier del Bac mission on the

Tohono O’odham reservation.

The brim of the hat has been

decorated with colorful beads in

a design that represents both

the four seasons, and the four

directions.

Now, this elegant topper isn’t

an antiquity, though it certainly

is rare.

The hat was made by Dorfman

Pacific, one of the finest hat

makers in the business.

(Country superstar Toby Keith

swears by them, though he

couldn’t get one like this one.)

Here’s one for your collection.

OK. Be honest. When you

think about a Chief’s hat, you

don’t exactly think about the

hat pictured at the right.

But the great top hat you see

here is exactly that, and it lent a

considerable degree of sartorial

splendor to a tribal dignitary on

important official occasions

(such as a high powered meet-

ing with a U.S. government or

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Volume 4, Issue 2

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Mission San Jose de Tumacacori

stands as a monument to the

past in Tohono O’odham country

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When Father Eusebio Kino

reached the northern edge of

the Sonoran desert in 1691, he

found Piman speaking people

like the Sobaipuri and Papagos

living in small villages along the

Santa Cruz and San Pedro Riv-

ers.

The people lived in small brush

and mud structures and farmed

maze, squash, beans and mel-

ons.

Upon his arrival, the Italian

Jesuit missionary established a

group of missions, including

Mission San José de

Tumacácori in January, 1691.

Father Kino and his

missionaries brought a new

religion, a new political system,

new crops and domesticated

animals to the region’s people.

While the Jesuits linked the

people to Spain, friction

between the Jesuits and Spain

led to the expulsion of the

Jesuits from the area. The

Jesuits were replaced by the

Franciscans in the area.

Building of the present structure

began in 1800. Yet the mission

never was completed, having

been abandoned in 1848.

Today, the mission is a

National Historical Park due

south of Tucson. When

roaming through the 310 acres

of the place absorbing the

church, the graveyard, the

outbuildings, you truly feel that

you are in another place and

another time.

For more information search

MISSION 2000

on the web

where you can view original

documents from the mission.

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

480-444-001

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

A Dorfman Pacific wool topper

with a Tohono O’odham flair

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