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If the event organizers make no

statements on compliance with

the Indian Arts and Crafts Act,

administered by the Depart-

ment of Interior, be certain to

obtain written certification from

individual vendors that their

Indian arts or craftwork were

created by tribal members or by

certified Indian artisans.

With powwow season upon us,

we thought it worth mentioning

this to you.

Unfortunately there are many

unscrupulous vendors that tag

along to these events, including

vendors from all cultures, that

sell imported knockoffs of the

real thing.

For more information about the

act, visit

www.doi.gov/iacb/ .

Before buying Indian arts or

crafts at powwows, annual

fairs, juried competitions, and

other events, be cautious.

Be sure that you check the

event requirements on the au-

thenticity of products being

offered for sale. Many events

list the requirements in newspa-

per ads, promotional flyers, and

in their printed programs.

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Volume 6, Issue 2

Page 3

F

AVORITE

P

LACES

: C

HACO

C

ANYON

Take a drive to the middle of

nowhere (watching for wind-

shield shattering stones along

the way) and you suddenly will

feel spirits of a past civilization.

You are entering Chaco Can-

yon.

Here at night, the sky is the

blackest, and the stars are the

brightest that you ever have

seen.

The silence is absolute, yet you

feel a presence that you can’t

exactly describe. But you know

it is there.

This place was once a beehive

of activity (back in 850 AD to

1250AD). It was a major urban

center of ancestral Puebloan

culture. It served as a hub of

ceremony, trade and admini-

stration for the prehistoric Four

Corners area for over 400 years.

Unlike anything before...or

since.

Known for its distinctive archi-

tecture, its public and ceremo-

nial buildings were monumen-

tal.

Chaco was the center of as-

tounding engineering projects,

amazing astronomical discover-

ies and artistic achievements.

Hundreds of miles of finely

engineered roads radiated from

the place...even before discov-

ery of the wheel in the region.

This is the ancestral homeland

of the people from Hopi and

many of the New Mexico pueb-

los. Today, many of the people

return to Chaco on pilgrimages

to honor that homeland.

Chaco is special, because it is

spiritual. Visit the place and

you will understand what we

mean.

F

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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

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

Pueblo Bonito rose five stories and

contained 800 rooms

The doors of Pueblo Bonito.

Passageways of an ancient

culture.