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A Note From a River Trading Post Friend

To Share With You

We frequently receive notes from our


Recently we received one that is very special

to us and that we though we would share

with you. From a special friend who is just

85 years young.

I just had to share this with someone who under-


I am white, Anglo=Saxon with a deep love of the

Southwest and it’s People. We lived in Flagstaff

for two years while my husband was in grad

school and I worked for a propane company. The

customers were divided into geographical areas for

service and the office staff was assigned certain

areas. My areas included Hopi & Navajo reserva-

tions. I came to know the customers and the na-

tive drivers pretty well and acquired wonderful


One Sunday we were at Shungopavi for dance and

while sitting in front of a house on the plaza two

guests appeared and sat next to us. “Tilly Tour-

ist” had on high heels and a sun dress. As the

dance began and the Kachinas arrived she leaned

over to me and whispered “Makes you wonder if

they are even Christian.” I replied “I hope they

are not.”

I do enjoy the River Trading Post although at age

86 I have pretty well finished collections of any

kind (nothing to dust, please) I do miss my old


We were moving to Santa Fe and went to the

Hope Cultural Center for dinner after a final tour

and one of my dearest customers was also there.

When we started to leave he got up from his table,

gave me a hug and said “Next time we meet it will

be in the land of the White Buffalo.” I left in


Thanks again for providing some enjoyment to a

resident of Charleston, South Carolina!!


We always appreciate hearing from our

River Trading Post family. This one was

very special to us, and thanks to Nancy for

sharing her very special story with all of us.





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For forty years, the very favorite source of information about American Indian Art

was the magazine that called itself


ican Indian Art Magazine


In a five year poll conducted by River

Trading Post,

American Indian Art


stood head and shoulders

above other publications that are devot-

ed to American Indian art.

Since the very first issue of the publica-

tion, owner and publisher Mary G.

Hamilton decided it was time to retire,

and to put the vaunted publication to


For 40 years, the publication was an

unparalleled resource for collectors and

scholars in the American Indian art

area. Mary Hamilton drew upon an

editorial advisory board of experts from

universities, museums, libraries and oth-

ers to publish the vaunted magazine.

The Autumn 2015 issue is the very last issue. The presses sadly go silent after that


Owner and publisher Mary Hamilton is a friend of ours, and we asked Mary why,

instead of ceasing publication she did not attempt to sell it to another publisher. It

was commercially successful over the years, and perhaps an attractive property to

another publisher.

When we asked Mary about the possibility of continuing the magazine though a

sale to another publisher, she answered our question.

Being an independent person, and very scrupulous at every detail of the magazine,

she was very concerned about the ability of


to continue the magazine that

was consistent with her 40 year vision of just what the magazine should be about.

Mary simply would not sell out at any price.

Rather than compromise the magazine, Mary Hamilton chose to put it to sleep.

We respect Mary’s decision. At the same time, the absence of

American Indian Arts


creates an enormous void for everyone that studies, collects and other-

wise wants to increase their knowledge of this very special art.

The Last Cover of an

American Indian Art Treasure.