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River Trading Post has become known for featuring the work of today’s leading American Indian Artists. Year after year, these artists

garner top recognition at prestigious American Indian art venues. This year was no exception. Here is a recap of River Trading Post

winners at the 2017 Heard Indian Market.


Cliff Fragua

(Jemez Pueblo) took first and second place for his stone


Ancestral Portal

(right) won first place in the Stone Sculpture divi-

sion. This magnificent piece consists of multiple stones that is crowned by a

representation of the t-shaped doorways found in historic ruins.

She Carries the Tradition

(left) garnered the second place award for Cliff Fra-

gua, who is working at the top of his game.

Cliff studied under Alan Hauser (Apache) at IAIA, at the San Francisco Art

Institute, and in Pietrasanta, Italy. He is the only American Indian to have a

sculpture in the US Capital Building. It currently resides in Emancipation

Hall: an appropriate place for Po’pay, the leader of the Pueblo Indian Revolt.

Carol Lujan, PhD


In addition to being professor emerita at

Arizona State University, Carol Lujan’s is an accomplished glass artist. Carol

garnered a second place award at the Heard Museum Indian Market.

Dr. Lujan received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Mexi-

co. She is a founding member of the American Indian Studies Program at

ASU. Carol has been selected as the featured artist for the 2017 Pueblo

Grande Art Show in December, 2017.

Dawn Dark Mountain

(Oneida) Dawn’s medium of expression is water-

color. Her First Place award at the Heard Museum recognizes the excel-

lence of Dawn’s work,

The Water...As Long as the River Flows

. (left)

This was one of three pieces that was actually a part of a series including

The Water: Black Snake,

that was not included in the judging. (right).

Dawn graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine

Arts degree, and has taught art to both elementary and pre-school children.

She is on the Board of Directors of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.

Debbie Lujan

(Taos Pueblo) Debbie Lujan is a photographer that takes you into places at Taos Pueblo

where outsiders can never tread. Debbie took second place honors in the photography category at the

2017 Heard Museum Indian Market.

Debbie’s interest in photography began as a teenager when her father gave her a Minolta camera. She

is also a talented violinist, playing in two regional symphony orchestras.

Our congratulations to each of these fine American Indian artists. You can enjoy their work when you visit with River Trading Post

in either our Chicagoland or Scottsdale galleries or on our River Trading Post website.














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