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D

ORLEEN

G

ASHWESEOMA

: M

ASTER

B

ASKETMAKER

Trading Post Times

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Wherever Dorleen travels, she

thinks of her grandmother as

she looks at native plants to

determine what she could use

from mother earth to make a

basket.

Having grown up in a very

traditional Hopi family, her

grandmother taught Dorleen

how to make baskets from the

products of mother earth, and

she makes them beautifully.

A master weaver, Dorleen has

won many awards for her work,

including the Arizona Gover-

nor’s Arts Award, and the Best

of Show at the 72nd Annual

Hopi Festival of Arts and Cul-

ture the Museum of Northern

Arizona.

The Best of Show basket, pic-

tured at the left, is on display at

River Trading Post, Scottsdale

and on our River Trading Post

website. Her work is featured

in each of the River Trading

Post galleries.

She is the 2008 featured artist at

the Mesa Verde Country Indian

Arts and Cultural Festival.

The River Trading Post ties to

Dorleen extend to her family

members.

Son, Raynard Lalo, is one of

our favorite young kachina doll

carvers. Raynard also featured

in each of our galleries and on

our website, as is husband Val-

jean Lalo, a true master carver.

To hear Dorleen tell her own

story about her dreams and

about growing up, tune into

our River Trading Post Pod-

cast. You can find the River

Trading Post Pod Network on

our website.

today’s work makes a connec-

tion to yesterday, just as many

Native people today connect so

wonderfully to their ancient

and time-honored roots.

In a day and age when people

tend to feel the past belongs in a

museum, and have adapted to

sound bites, we have discovered

that with many Native cultures,

Friends have commented on

the unique blend of historic and

contemporary Native American

art and artifacts they discover

when visiting River Trading

Post.

While most galleries dedicate

themselves to either the old or

the new, we look at our collec-

tions as a continuum., where

the past is with them even to-

day, and it has blended in to the

thoughts, the lives, the inspira-

tion and the art of today’s most

vibrant Native American art-

ists.

The mix of the ancient with the

contemporary in our collections

somehow makes us think a bit

more about our own roots.

H

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ELEBRATING

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Dorleen Gashweseoma Lalo

Below: Prize Winning Basket.

versity of New Mexico in Albu-

querque. The Gathering of

Nations will run from April 24

through April 26.

We frequently receive requests

for powwow information at this

time of the year. If you are

interested in learning about

upcoming powwows in your

area, we would suggest that you

visit

www.powwows.com

which provides the most exten-

sive information about pow-

wows anywhere.

Add a powwow to your list of

things to do this summer...and

be sure to bring your camera.

Summertime is Powwow time,

with the blaze of color and the

heart-beat of the drums.

Blending the cultural, ritual and

social aspects of many Indian

people, the powwow trail

reaches into every corner of the

country.

The biggest of them all, the

Gathering of Nations, cele-

brates its 25th year at the Uni-

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Above: Mimbres bowl. 1100—1150 AD.

Below: Kimo Decora (Isleta) 2005.