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January 2016 Newsletter: The New Year Begins

It feels like a "fresh start" every January 1, we get the whole year to see what new things we can bring to the store, we prepare ourselves for up-coming events and take one moment to reflect on the past year, okay, that's done.

Re-arranging is gonna be a big focus, we are moving departments to help the flow through our galleries and to make your experience in our store a memorable one.

Native American Gallery: This years focus will be looking for those new artists, we are not replacing any of our current artists but we are planning for the future and are excited to see what is out there? Who will be the next big thing? We'll keep you updated.

Meanwhile, we got this beautifully hand carved piece from Paul Sand who is a Lakota artist that comes from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Paul is a master carver who uses mostly balsa wood for his figures. This is an example of Grass Dancers. Grass Dancers move like the wind, their outfits are designed to flow and ebb like a summer breeze, it really is the most spectacular display of man and nature.

Prairie Edge Trading: New to the store this year!  Well, the year just got started so we have not been to any buying shows yet but we will and for those lucky folks who get to visit us in person there is always something for just about everyone. We will always carry the tried and true products from Pendleton, Filson, locally crafted Star Quilts and locally designed Tee shirts, but after buying season there will be many new items to choose from so come see us.

If you are ever interested in viewing items and you are not able to make it into the store we can use our technology and e-mail you images, let us know what we can do to help.

Fine Arts: Another great year for art has passed by and this year we are already on a roll with Jessie Longbrake who is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She grew up in an agricultural environment and around animals her whole life which are a main subject in her artwork. Currently she is doing a series of paintings using dye on paper. These vivid images depict playful scenes from her everyday life where she lives with her husband and two small children on a ranch in Dupree, SD. Jessie has a B.S. in Art from Black Hills State University and an MFA from the University of North Dakota. She teaches PreK-12 art at Dupree School.

If you are interested in seeing more images please contact us at 800-541-2388 or e-mail us at fineart@prairieedge.com.

Sioux Trading Post: With the New Year there are always those opportunities to create change. Our newest department manager, Nancy Witt, has some ideas for rearranging, adding more new products and really getting a handle on any excesses we may have in stock like cane. We have a stock of glass cane that we obtained from the old bead societies of Italy. They are in varying lengths and colors and have real old world appeal as these items were made for 100's of years by hand. The artistry and skill needed to accomplish these pieces of glass are a history all their own. Enquire if you are interested in obtaining some and if you get the chance to visit the store it is worth the time to take a look at them. 

And, this year, the Sioux Trading Post will be making an appearance at the 42nd Annual Denver March Pow Wow, March 25-27, 2016. Nancy and crew are coming up with some great ideas to help with all your Pow Wow needs and they are looking for any in-put from customers who will be at this historic event, if you need a special bead color we can add that to the inventory, or botanicals, let us know what we can do to help with your Pow Wow needs.

Well it's been a good year and 2016 will be even better. Thank you for being a part of both. Take very good care of each other.