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tive and are kept private from

the outside world, particularly

those regarding sacred ceremo-

nial rites held by the various

tribes. So, don’t go there.

But if you ask about the signifi-

cance of a particular work, the

Native American artists are

willing to share many rich in-

sights with you. And, in our

experience we’ve found that the

less you talk, and the more you

listen, the more you learn about

and appreciate the many beauti-

ful, vibrant Native American

cultures today.

Oh, and as you visit with an

artist, hold yourself back from

asking, “What’s your best

price?” That sort of kills the

entire experience because you

devalue what the artist does

best. Hard to believe, but some

people do it.

A chat with one of the many

artists you will find at River

Trading Post can be a very re-

warding, and learning experi-

ence.

You’ll discover a great diversity

in the cultures of the people,

and they are more than willing

to share cultural insights...up to

a point.

Certain areas are highly sensi-

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Volume 6, Issue 1

Page 3

El Santuario De Chimayo

F

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P

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HIMAYO

On a hill in a small Spanish

Village thirty miles north of

Santa Fe, stands El Santuario

De Chimayo.

Built in 1814, visitors from

around the world visit the small

chapel in search of miraculous

cures.

A small room at the back of the

chapel is called El Posito, or the

“Room of Miracles.” There is

a round hole in the floor,

through which people scoop

out some of the sand. Some

people kneel and kiss the earth;

some rub it on their bodies.

Most carry home a small bag-

ful.

On Good Friday, thousands of

pilgrims flock to the site that

attracts nearly 300,000 visitors

a year.

Hundreds of letters and photo-

graphs grace the walls of the

medicinal sand room from visi-

tors thankful for the healing

they say they received.

Walk into this place, and you

immediately feel that you are

somewhere very special.

There are many legends about

how the chapel came to be,

including that of a wealthy

landowner forcing the local

Pueblo people to build the

church over a site that was al-

ready sacred to them.

In fact, the place was a private

chapel until 1929 when it was

turned over to the Archdiocese

of Santa Fe.

If your travels take you through

the hills northeast of Santa Fe,

be sure you make a small de-

tour to Chimayo. You will find

it very worthwhile.

“Listen to the artists and learn

the beauty of their culture. But

don’t ask, “What’s your best

price?”

F

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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

Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

480-444-0001

www.rivertradingpost.com

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