Trading Post Times
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
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.
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
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
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.