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weavings. Avoid these if you

are a serious collector.

Collectors that stick with the

real thing wind up with the very

best collections possible. Col-

lections that retain , and even

increase, their value.

Face it. A Navajo carved Ka-

china doll just isn’t the real

McCoy. A Zapotec “Two Grey

Hills” weaving isn’t the real

thing. A ceramic pot with a

fine paint job isn’t the same as a

hand coiled, pit fired pot.

Sure, you are going to pay more

for a true piece of Indian art.

Sometimes quite a bit more for

the real thing. But the extra

value in quality and beauty far

exceeds the higher prices. And

you will take greater satisfac-

tion in your collection. That’s

our opinion.

Different tribal nations are

known for different art forms.

Zunis create beautiful pottery,

jewelry and fetishes. Navajos

are known for silverwork and

for weavings. Plains tribes cre-

ate exceptional beadwork and

quill work.

The Navajos also carve Ka-

china dolls, and the Zapotec

create great “Navajo” looking




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The schools are located mostly

on economically depressed,

isolated Indian reservations.

Thanks in part to grants from

the AICF, the tribal colleges are

able to slowly renovate and

modernize their campuses, and

to provide scholarships to In-

dian students.

Building better lives. Revitaliz-

ing Indian communities. Re-

placing despair with hope.

That is what the American In-

dian College Fund is all about.

Today there are 34 tribal col-

leges serving nearly 26,000 stu-

dents, 85 percent of whom live

at or below the poverty level.

River Trading Post supports the

AICF by offering Pendleton

Blankets, note cards and other

items created by leading Indian

artists especially for the AICF.

Our AICF collection can be

seen at our East Dundee and

Scottsdale galleries, as well as

on the River Trading Post web-








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One of the most prized of any

Navajo weaving is the German-


Germantown yarn was im-

ported by Santa Fe Railroad

during a brief period at the end

of the 19th century by early

Navajo traders.

The colorful wool yarn was

manufactured at the German-

town, Pennsylvania textile

mills. It was a very tightly spun

four ply (1875-1895) yarn in a

variety of bright colors pro-

duced from commercial aniline

dyes. The Germantown weav-

ings are known for their unusu-

ally bright colors and intricate

patterns which can create a

variety of optical effects , espe-

cially in complex designs

known as "eye dazzlers." Today

they rank among the most

popular and collectible of an-

tique Navajo weavings


A classic example of the Ger-

mantown weaving is on display

at River Trading Post, East

Dundee, Il.

This huge Germantown eye

dazzler (90” x 67.5”) is from

1895. The purple, yellow, or-

ange and green colors are vege-

tal dyes. An absolute perfect

example of timeless weaving .

Additional information about

this historic weaving can be

found on the River Trading

Post website.

“Stick with the real thing when

you buy Indian art.”

1885 Germantown

Hidatsa Earth Blanket. American

Indian College Fund.