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Trading Post Times

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Sculptor Cliff Fragua is pro-

lific... he is imaginative, and he

explores new subject matter for

his work. Perhaps that is why

Cliff Fragua is the pre-eminent

American Indian sculptor to-

day.

His latest work,

In His Full

Re

galia

, celebrates the simple

majesty of the Mule Deer. The

Mule Deer roams the high de-

sert of the Pajarito Plateau, and

was an important source of

food and warmth to the In the

Ancestral Pueblo People.

Of his work, Fragua says "

To

the Pueblo people, the deer is a

sacred spirit that dwells in the

mountains and mesas. In Pueblo

beliefs, the deer and hunter are

destined to meet on the trail and,

the deer offers his life and blessings

to feed the family of the hunter.

When the deer is taken home, he is

laid in a place of honor, and a bowl

of cornmeal is placed next to it.

Word is spread around to the com-

munity and all are invited to par-

take of a feast. Everyone comes to

offer cornmeal and say a prayer to

the deer to thank him for sacrificing

his life.”

“If a hunter chooses to have the

deer mounted by a taxidermist,

then the mount is hung in a promi-

nent place in the house. The family

will dress the deer in a beautiful

textile and turquoise necklaces, and

in some cases, tie parrot feathers on

the head. Many Pueblo homes have

these deer mounts dressed to honor

the one who gave their lives to sus-

tain life for others."

In His Full Regalia

is cast in

bronze, in a limited edition of

30, and measures 21.5” x 9” x

8.25”. Reservations for this

work or other bronzes can be

made through River Trading

Post at 866.426.6901. Each

bronze is individually cast, so

please allow eight to 10 weeks

for delivery.

ence of his father in style and

character in its colorful simplic-

ity.

You can see Justin’s work in

each of our galleries, and on

our website.

In the meantime, Ramson is

focusing more on his glass art,

as well as a stint teaching at

North Central College in Illi-

nois.

The baton has been passed in

the family from Hopi Elder,

Ramson Lomatewama, to 23

year-old son Justin. Justin is

the 4th child of Ramson and

Jessica Lomatewama, and is

the only son.

Like Ramson, Justin is steeped

in Hopi tradition and culture,

and his work strongly reflects

that tradition. Justin’s work

also strongly reflects the influ-

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consumers, retailers, wholesal-

ers, museums, government

agencies, suppliers and support-

ing members.

IACA works to support the

effective protection and ethical

promotion of authentic Native

American art .

Through its markets, educa-

tional publications, cultural

programs, seminars and net-

working, artists’ work is able to

reach a global market. IACA

has played an integral role in

the strengthening of the authen-

tic Indian arts and crafts indus-

try.

Consumers know that, wher-

ever they buy, if they see the

IACA logo, they can buy with

confidence.

River Trading Post is an active

member of IACA.

The Indian Arts and Crafts

Association was established in

1974 in response to the growing

problem of misrepresentation of

American Indian arts and crafts

in the marketplace. The original

founders were American Indian

artists and reputable businesses.

Today, IACA is an interna-

tional organization representing

every link in American Indian

arts – Native artists from the

U.S. and Canada, along with

IACA M

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The Indian Arts and Crafts

Association Logo assures

collectors that they are work-

ing with reputable Indian Art

dealers.

In His Full Regalia

by Cliff Fragua

Justin Lomatewama carves at

River Trading Post , Santa Fe.

Justin Lomatewama’s Butterfly

Maiden shows that Justin is ready for

Prime Time.