Trading Post Times
Volume 10, Issue 4
SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:
13th Anniversary Celebration,
Friday, November 9
11 am to 9 pm
River Trading Post
Dundee, Scottsdale, Website
Pueblo Seasonal Dances. Please check
Pueblos for dates and times
R i v e r T r a d i n g P o s t
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Great Gift Ideas For The
On Friday, November 8, River
Trading Post will celebrate our
13th birthday in our galleries
and on our website.
Be certain to mark your calen-
dars, and join us in Dundee,
Scottsdale or on our River
Trading Post website to enjoy
special Birthday Values on any
of your purchases.
It is our way of saying “Thank
You” for your great support
over 13 wonderful years.
A few weeks as we visited the
White Mountain Apache mu-
seum in Fort Apache, Arizona.
The museum displayed a great
number of wonderful old Apache
baskets, all of which were on
loan to the museum from several
collectors. A note in the exhibit
told us that Apache people are
no longer making baskets, and
the elders who knew how to
make them are now gone. (See
related story in the July 2013
Trading Post Times.
A few years back, we visited the
Blackfeet Cultural Center in
Browning, Montana. There, we
purchased two beautiful exam-
ples of contemporary quillwork.
Later, we discovered that these
beautiful pipe bags were actually
made by a Czech artist who was
teaching quillwork to members
of the Blackfeet nation. Virtually
no quillwork is being created
anymore by American Indians.
The same holds true with
beadwork. The days of bead-rich
bandolier bags, moccasins, to-
bacco bags and saddles are gone
for good. At best, beads today
are used as accents, frequently
using cheap craft beads. Great
contemporary beadwork, using
high-quality materials, is only
being done by a handful of artists
such as JT Willie, IACA’s 2013
Artist of the Year.
Yet there are spots of vibrancy in
American Indian art today, par-
ticularly in pottery, jewelry mak-
ing, weaving, sculpture, and the
resurgence of the neo-traditional
Hopi kachina doll. In these ar-
eas, traditional and contempo-
rary art is still being produced by
people continuing the work of
generations before them. Many
of these artists are still able to
support themselves and their
families while honoring their
cultural artistic heritage.
Unfortunately, as with other art
disciplines, there is a wider and
wider gap between those great
artists and others who are being
forced to find other lines of work
in today’s economy.
We don’t think that American
Indian art in general is an endan-
gered species, but many forms of
that art are being lost. Soon,
antiques will be all we have left.
Sadly, some art forms are gone
forever. Happily other art forms
will be with us for years to come.