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The Smithsonian’s National

Museum of the American In-

dian will celebrate its Grand

Opening on the National Mall

in Washington, D.C., on Tues-

day, September 21, 2004.

Housed in a new structure

against the backdrop of the

U.S. Capitol building on the

National Mall, the museum is

intended to symbolize a deeper

understanding and reconcilia-

tion between America’s first

citizens and those who have

come to make America their

home.

Numerous festivities will help

to celebrate the opening event,

including a grand procession

on Tuesday, September 21 from

the Smithsonian Castle to the

Opening Ceremony site.

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Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-

1952) undertook the project of

documenting Native America

that resulted in over 2,200 ex-

traordinary photographs and a

massive 20-volume encyclope-

dia entitled

The North American

Indian .

This work was published by

the University Press of Cam-

bridge, Mass. between 1907 and

1930. Only 272 copies were

sold at a price of $3,000.

A native of White Water,

Wisconsin, Curtis is variously

praised and criticized for his

work among Native Americans.

Criticism stems from the way

he posed and modeled his Na-

tive American subjects. Rarely

were they photographed as they

“really were” and many times

they were provided with cos-

tumes or props to achieve the

look he desired.

On the other hand he is praised,

as his is the largest body of

photo-documentation of Native

America at the turn of the cen-

tury.

River Trading Post offers col-

lectors a selection of rare, origi-

nal Curtis photogravures, the

product of a printing process

that results in the subtlety of a

photograph and the art quality

of a lithograph.

They may be seen at both of

our galleries and our website.

Volume 1, Issue 3

July:September 2004

SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST:

Traditional Pueblo Arts. Ongoing at

River Trading Post, Scottsdale, Arizona

www.puebloarts.com

Navajo Nation Fair

July 1—4, Window Rock, Arizona

Santa Fe Indian Market

August 21—22

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Indian Summer Festival

September 10—12

Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, Wis-

consin

Smithsonian National Museum of the

American Indian. Opening Week Sep-

tember 21—26. Washington DC

R i v e r T r a d i n g P o s t

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Pride of the Ojibwe

2

Favorite Places: Hubbell

Trading Post

2

A Wish for

Independence—1879

3

Hopi Smoke Eater

Freddie Panana

3

Ronald Chee Stretches

The Envelope

4

Edward S. Curtis

Jemez Houses—1924