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Red Cloud and Sitting Bull,
and of Geronimo, the Chirica-
hua Apache leader.
Thus far, the museum has
raised over $750,000 for the
project, but the total cost isn’t
Reproductions of the images in
the collection will be available
years to complete the huge pro-
Plans for the project began
three years ago in order to pro-
vide a museum experience to
Native people, and others, who
never will have the opportunity
to visit the museum.
The start-up exhibit contains
the most requested items, in-
cluding pictures of Sioux chiefs
The National Museum of the
American Indian has a space
problem. It can display less
than 1 percent of its collection
of over 800,000 objects.
The solution? Put 800,000
items on line where everyone
can enjoy them.
The project will begin with just
5,500 items, and it is estimated
that it will take at least four
800,000 objects On
Line is the ambitious
goal of the National
Museum of the
You don’t have to have a fat bank account to build a great collection of Native American Art.
Here are some tips on how to do that, and what we can do to help.
. Visit as many galleries and art shows as you can to learn about artists, their
work and their cultures. We can help visitors to our galleries learn as we have over 51 different
tribal cultures represented in our collections. And, we provide collectors with some great insights
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and in the
Tips and Tidbits
area of our website.
. Don’t be shy. Native American Art is a complex subject, and even the experts
don’t have all the answers. Probably the most important question is, “Is this authentic?” While
we certainly don’t pretend to have all of the answers, feel free to ask us, or e-mail us. If we aren’t
ready with an answer to your question, we’ll certainly find the answer for you.
Shop for value
. Begin by working with a reputable resource, like River Trading Post, that sub-
scribes to the rigid standards of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA), and the Antique
Tribal Dealers Association (ATADA). Don’t be tricked by equating “deals” and “discounts” with
value. But do take advantage of special gallery offerings such as those included in our
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collections. These items are clearly tagged in each of our
galleries, and are featured each month in a special mailing to subscribers to our online
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. You also can look at the
page on our website to find special items
to help kick off a new collection.
Stretch Your Budget.
Set a budget for yourself, then look for ways to stretch it to help your cash
flow. We help collectors do that through our
Collector’s Layaway Program
. Many of our collectors
take advantage of this interest free program to acquire that special piece that “Speaks to them.” If
you budget a little each month, you can build a nice collection in five to 10 years. (Even a tiny
bathroom can be made into a personally curated exhibit.)
Look for emerging artists.
Even today’s masters started somewhere in time, and over time their
works have appreciated in value. Many of today’s young artists will become tomorrow’s masters.
We work each day with many new artists who show the spark to become tomorrow’s masters.
Acquiring works by new artists not only can represent a great buying opportunity, but your art
acquisition also helps to support the Native American artists and their families.
Pick a starting point.
Diversity is one of the beauties of Native American Art. Some folks like to
focus on a single area, such as Pueblo Pottery. Others prefer a highly diverse collection that in-
cludes representative works of Plains, Navajo, Hopi, Pueblo and many other cultures. A visit with
us personally, or to our website, can help to spark a plan for you.
Allotting little bit
each month can
result in a nice
collection in five to
River Trading Post Select items
represent great buying opportunities.
This collection is on display throughout
our galleries, and to folks subscribing
to the online edition of
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