Volume 13, Issue 1
River Trading Post
314 N. River Street
Dundee, Illinois 60118
7033 E. Main Street, 102
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Going on 15 years now,
River Trading Post has become
renowned for its diverse collection
of American Indian art, and as the
friendliest place around for explor-
ing and buying American Indian
Browse our galleries, visit our web-
site, and we believe you will find a
treasure with your name on it.
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If you wander through a ghost town just somewhere northwest of Moab Utah,
and follow a dusty road for a couple of miles, you will encounter a canyon of
sandstone cliffs and a spectacular outdoor art gallery of petroglyphs (pecked into
the stone) and pictographs (painted onto the stone) by Native American peoples
over a period of 8,000 years.
The breeze blows quietly here, there are no tourists around, and you can just
feel, as well as see, that this is a very special, even spiritual place.
There are over 80 imposing, often haunting, life-sized figures with hollowed or
missing eyes and frequently, an absence of arms and legs.
Are these images extra-terrestrials or spiritual visions?
Some claim that the mysterious figures are
evidence of alien visitation in our ancient past. Other scholars maintain that these strange be-
ings are the result of shamanistic visions produced while in trance-like states. Still others be-
lieve that they are messages for those who came later, or even records of historical facts. Sadly,
nobody really knows. But we did learn that the oldest of the art belongs to the Archaic period
that dates to between 6,000 BCE and 2,000 BCE.
Moab, Utah is the center for a huge number of well known archaeological sites, including
Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. These National Parks are great places
to visit. But traveling the back roads in the area is an even better experience. If you do find a
site, be respectful of it so that it can be enjoyed for the next ten thousand years!
You may discover this little canyon during your explorations, and find that your breath is abso-
lutely taken away by the silence and the wonder of this pre-historic art gallery.
It is not a national park, there are no admission fees. You just have to discover it on your own.
It is one of our very favorite places.