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Volume 5, Issue 1

Page 3

F

AVORITE

P

LACES

: F

ORT

U

NION

Today, the wind and the rain

blast the plains and the grasses,

and through the melted ruins of

old Fort Union, and the blister-

ing sun bakes the remains of the

once proud place that operated

from 1851 through 1891.

This old fort is a story of

Apaches, Comanches, Kiowas,

Navajos and Utes. It is a place

of the railroad, the Santa Fe

Trail, the Civil War, politics

and women.

Fort Union served as the guard-

ian of the Santa Fe Trail. Dur-

ing its history, three different

forts were constructed close

together. The third Fort Union

was the largest in the American

Southwest, and functioned as a

military garrison, territorial

arsenal and military supply

depot for the southwest.

Even today, the largest visible

network of Santa Fe Trail ruts

can be seen at Fort Union.

The Santa Fe Trail was an an-

cient link among the Indian

trade, long before the Spanish

arrived. Later it served as the

major route for the Spaniards of

New Mexico for exploration,

frontier defense, and trade with

the Plains Indians.

Fort Union sits on the plains a

bit east of Las Vegas, New

Mexico (which is another story

in and of itself.)

Visit the place and see melting

adobe officer’s quarters, the

brig, hospital, parade ground,

and feel the spirits of another

time.

Fort Union is one of River

Trading Post’s favorite places.

F

OUR

G

REAT

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OLLECTOR

E

XPERIENCES

River Trading Post

314 N. River Street

Dundee, Illinois 60118

847-426-6901

610 B. Canyon Road

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

505-982-2805

7033 E. Main Street, 102

Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Whether you are decorating

your home or are an avid col-

lector of fine American Indian

art, you will find River Trading

Post has a great mix of historic

and contemporary art from

over 50 tribal nations.

Come visit. Enjoy!

Dundee

RTP On-Line

Scottsdale

Santa Fe

Spirits of the past swirl amid

the melted adobe at

Fort Union

and for the splendor of their

sacred connection with our

ancestors and with all man-

kind.”

The Heard Museum Guild will

sell 1500 tickets, for $100 each,

for a drawing to be held at the

Heard market. Four lucky peo-

ple will win one of the Painted

Ponies, with proceeds going to

the Guild’s American Indian

Student Art Endowment Fund.

In addition to Carpio, artists

selected include Anita Fields

(Osage), a collaborative effort

by Terrance Guardipee

(Blackfeet) and Catherine Black

Horse (Seminole/Blackfeet),

and a collaborative piece by

Terri Greeves (Kiowa) and

Dennis Esquival (Ottawa/

Chippewa).

Carpio’s

Spirit of The Seasons

is

on display at River Trading

Post, Scottsdale. Contact River

Trading Post or the Heard

Museum for more information.

To commemorate the 50th An-

niversary of the Heard Museum

Guild Indian Fair & Market,

six renowned Indian artists

were selected to create four

exclusive, 2-foot Painted Po-

nies, including Caroline Carpio

of Isleta Pueblo.

In her piece,

Spirit of the Seasons

,

Caroline pays tribute to her

son’s Medicine Hat horse, and

“honors all horses for the resil-

ience of their spirit with nature

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Caroline Carpio works on

Spirit of the Seasons

for the Heard Museum Guild.