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Enter ATADA (The Antique

Tribal Art Dealers Association)

with its unique

Theft Alert

.

The ATADA

Theft Alert

is an

e-mail bulletin that is sent on an

urgent basis to American In-

dian art dealers, that describes

stolen item, including images

and related police reports.

The Indian Art dealer commu-

nity is a small one, and as a

result of the ATADA

Theft

Alert

many items are quickly

recovered, and the perpetrators

are arrested.

While success statistics are not

available, we do know that the

system is effective. The thief

that lifted an item from one of

our galleries was apprehended

and arrested as he attempted to

sell the goods to a California

gallery, thanks to a sharp

ATADA Member

For more information check

out

ATADA.org

and stop a

thief.

Theft of American Indian art

from homes, galleries and insti-

tutions is not all that uncom-

mon. In fact it is a huge prob-

lem.

Most frequently thieves attempt

to sell the stolen goods to galler-

ies, or other unsuspecting buy-

ers as an item that came from

“grandma’s collection” or an

“uncle’s estate.”

We have experienced that more

than once.

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Volume 10, Issue 1

Page 3

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An icon in American Indian

Art is the renowned sculpture

entitled

The End Of The Trail.

The original model of the

famed sculpture was created by

17 year-old James Earl Fraser

in 1894. When he finished, it

was just 18 inches tall.

Fraser was asked to replicate

his work in plaster for the 1914

Panama Pacific International

Exposition in San Francisco.

There, the masterpiece was

seen by Clarence Shaler, the

son of pioneer farmers who had

contact with Indians living

nearby his Wisconsin home.

Shaler was saddened by their

disappearance over the years.

As a tribute to the American

Indians, Shaler commissioned

Fraser to cast the statue in

bronze, a project that took two

years at a cost of $50,000.

The famed sculpture was in-

veiled at its present site in

Wapun, Wisconsin in 1929,

and today is listed on the Na-

tional Register of Historic Sites.

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The image of this historic bronze, even its silhouette, has become an

icon representing the plight of American Indians who were displaced

all over the country during the 18th and 19th centuries.

The ATADA Theft Alert frequently

stops thieves in their tracks.