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Volume 5, Issue 3

Page 3

Nez Perce Ensemble Completes Its

Circle And Goes Home

N

EZ

P

ERCE

E

NSEMBLE

C

OMPLETES

ITS

F

ULL

C

IRCLE

In the 1930’s, a great-niece of

the famous Nez Perce warrior,

Chief Joseph, of the Black Ea-

gle family, created a beautiful

beaded dress. She wore it

proudly and then passed it

along in the family where parts

were added and it was worn

again in the 1950’s.

When the woman who owned

the dress converted to Christi-

anity she was told that she

needed to rid herself of all re-

minders of her former religion,

so the ensemble was given up,

and consigned to the Lapwai

auction where it was sold to a

private collector.

A few years back, River Trad-

ing Post acquired the 9-piece

ensemble, along with many

other items, from a California

collector. Until recently, the

Nez Perce relic had been dis-

played, with honor, at River

Trading Post.

One day, a friend of the more

recent members of the Black

Eagle family walked into River

Trading Post in Scottsdale, and

not only recognized the dress

but knew its story. They noti-

fied the family members who

felt that it was time that the

dress came home.

Today, the ensemble is back

with the Nez Perce people and

the Black Eagle family

members where it rightfully

belongs.

F

OUR

G

REAT

C

OLLECTOR

E

XPERIENCES

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

7033 E. Main Street

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!

Dundee

RTP On-Line

Scottsdale

Santa Fe

S

HANE

H

ENDREN

J

EWELRY

F

EATURED

A

T

R

IVER

T

RADING

P

OST

Among other things, Shane

Hendren is a bull rider, roper

and horse trainer. He also is the

Indian Arts and Crafts Associa-

tion’s Artist of the Year for

2007-2008.

Shane holds a degree in Mu-

seum Management from the

Institute of American Indian

Arts, and a Bachelor of Fine

Arts Degree in Studio Arts

from the University of New

Mexico.

Along the way to winning ma-

jor show awards at the Eitlejorg

Museum, the Heard Museum

and the Santa Fe Indian Mar-

ket, Shane developed his exper-

tise in metal smithing tech-

niques such as marriage of met-

als, mokume gane, and many

forms of casting.

Shane’s marriage of metals Yei

series of pendants, bracelets and

earrings (above right) are fea-

tured at River Trading Post, as

is Shane’s incredible mokume

gane work (bottom right)

Be sure to see Shane’s work in

each of our galleries, and on

our website.

Shane Hendren. Indian Arts And

Crafts Association Artist of the

Year 2007—2008