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and Crafts Association is to

promote, protect and preserve au-

thentic American Indian Arts and

Crafts.

The IACA annually recognizes

the renowned

IACA Artist Of

The Year

, conducts the largest of

all American Indian Art whole-

sale markets, holds educational

forums for collectors, artists

and other members, and pro-

vides marketing support to rec-

ognized American Indian Art

galleries.

Zeller founded River Trading

Post in 2000 following a 40+

year career in advertising.

River Trading Post includes

galleries in Chicago, Santa Fe,

Scottsdale, as well as an exten-

sive website.

The Indian Arts and Crafts

Association has selected Joe

Zeller to be the association

president during 2011.

Founded in 1974, the IACA

today is the pre-eminent asso-

ciation of American Indian

artists, collectors, wholesalers

and galleries with over 700

members worldwide.

The mission of the Indian Arts

RTP’

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ELLER

H

EADS

IACA

Volume 8, Issue 1

Page 3

F

AVORITE

P

LACES

: B

LACKFEET

C

OUNTRY

The early June air

has a sharp chill.

Dynamite blasts

the higher moun-

tain passes to

clear hard-clogged

snow, packed

over 10 feet deep. This is

Blackfeet Country

Wild huckleberries in this

magic land find their way into

everything from shampoo,

cream soda and ice cream...to

beer and flapjacks.

Unlike the People of the South-

west, where the Navajo and

Pueblo peoples thrive in com-

munities and nations rich in

ancient culture, the people of

the high plains saw much of

their cultures shattered as a

result of the Dawes Act (1887).

The government policy allotted

property to nearly all comers

and displaced most of the Na-

tive people.

Most of the towns and settle-

ments today are much like any

other, anywhere in the United

States. One exception is

Browning, Montana where the

Blackfeet culture clearly is evi-

dent.

An Algonquin speaking people,

the Blackfeet tribe today num-

bers just over 20,000 people.

Once known as “Lords of the

Plains”, the tribe was deci-

mated by smallpox and by star-

vation after the last buffalo hunt

of 1882 (known as the starva-

tion year.)

Despite the Dawes Act, disease

and starvation, the Blackfeet

culture thrives.

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 #102

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

River Trading Post’s Joe Zeller

Heads IACA

(New York Times Photo)

Great snow packs cover the mountains of

Blackfeet country in early June, while the

buffalo roam the grasslands below.