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son volunteered that it could be

our very own for only $890.

Not bad! A $1,010 discount

just like that.

Now we just happened to have

had the same Kachina Doll, by

the same fine Hopi artist, at

River Trading Post that was

priced at $500, which we fig-

ured was just about right.

Sometimes we think that some

folks out there are more inter-

ested in the size of a discount

than they are in what they actu-

ally end up paying for an ob-

ject. That is a game we just

won’t play.

We’re so sure that our items are

priced properly that we guaran-

tee they will hold their value,

and collectors may trade up at

any time.

We might be a bit old fashioned

at River Trading Post, but we

believe that the best deal is for a

collector to pay a fair, honest

price for an item. So we price

our items accordingly.

Not long ago we were visiting a

top gallery in Santa Fe and

admired a Hopi Kachina Doll

priced at $1,900. Before we

could ask about it, the salesper-

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Pow-Wow Dancer at

Aurora University

Nez Perce

Dance Ensemble

The Pow-Wow opens at noon

on both Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors can join in the many

inter-tribal dances that are held

throughout the festive event,

and browse among 50 vender

booths for Native American

arts and crafts.

Of course, there will be plenty

Aurora University seems an

unlikely place for a world class

Pow-Wow, but the Memorial

Day weekend features the 14th

such event.

The annual event is sponsored

by the Schingoethe Center for

Native American Cultures at

the university in Aurora, Il.

of food to sample as well.

The Pow Wow is held rain or

shine, with dancing held in-

doors in the event of inclement

weather.

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Great items frequently are de-

veloped over time, and have a

history to go along with them

Take this Nez Perce dance en-

semble for example. Before it

was acquired by River Trading

Post, it traveled through several

private collections in Oregon

and California.

The original dress and leggings

had their beginning in the

1930’s. They were created of

native tanned deerskin by a

descendent of famous Nez

Perce warrior, Chief Joseph.

Over the years, the dress was

passed to younger generations

who added their own beadwork

to the dress, created new leg-

gings, moccasins and cuffs.

The story is, a great-niece of

Chief Joseph, who was keeper

of the dress, was later converted

to Christianity and decided that

she did not like the spirits in the

dress. She decided to place the

ensemble on consignment with

an auction house.

From there it began its travels

through various collections, to

its present home at River Trad-

ing Post, Scottsdale.

This truly is a magnificent ex-

ample of beadwork at its finest

and is a museum piece if we

ever saw one.

Additional information about

the Nez Perce dance ensemble

can be found on the River Trad-

ing Post website or at our

Scottsdale gallery.

“We don't expect our collectors

to pay more for an item than we

would pay for it ourselves.”