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February 2016 Newsletter: Changes

Here at the store we are constantly changing, we receive new inventory and have to change displays. We learn about new ways and change our old ways so change is constant and needed if you are going to survive the day-to-day of retail.

Native American Gallery:

We are grateful to all the folks who stopped by and visited during the Black Hills Stock Show and we are looking forward to our next batch of visitors from all over. The Native American Gallery is re-arranging in anticipation of the gallery changes but also wants to remind everyone that Love is in the Air! This painted image by Lakota artist Evans Flammond, Sr. depicts a touching scene from an encampment. There's a lot to be said for having a mate for life.

Book & Music Store:

Our bookstore has been watching the latest released movies from Indian country and giving their reviews. Anita says "There's always your tried and true like Imprint or ThunderHeart but some of the newer movies are grittier and have more substance about day-to-day life of the American Indian." One recent release that Anita watched is Empire of Dirt, her review, "Empire of Dirt is a movie from Canada, but it could be any reservation in the U.S. Very believable and well acted. It shows how strong first nations women are and who says you can never go back home." Anita gives it 3 1/2 stars. 

If you are ever looking for advice on books, music or movies, feel free to contact us and we can assist you.

Fine Art Gallery:

Pam Hendricksen is a Rapid City, SD artist who creates paper mache crows adorned with medicine bags, feathers, beads and other findings. Some see crows as harbingers of death, but contrary to that impression, crows are actually considered good luck by many Native American tribes. In Native American folklore, the intelligence of crows is usually portrayed as their most important feature. 

Pam also creates exquisite, hand-made note cards using different kinds of paper, feathers and botanical adornments. These cards are works of art that can be given or even framed.

As a side note: Pam was a part of the Prairie Edge operation (back in the day), she painted shields for the catalog collections and is a good friend to many of the folks who had worked with her.

Prairie Edge Trading: 

Karisa and her crew are stocking up for this years tourist season but we are also helping our local community by providing the best quality star quilts, always handy for graduation, births, wedding gifts, house warming gifts and the list goes on. We are also fully stocked on pendleton blankets, cups and other accessories, always a local favorite product. So stop in or call us for your special needs.

Sioux Trading Post:

We are gearing up for the Denver March Pow Wow (March 25-27, 2016 Denver Colorado).

Nancy and her crew are making their lists and checking them twice to make sure that every need is met. If you need her to bring you something give Nancy a call at the Sioux Trading Post 800-456-3394 or e-mail her at nancy@siouxtrading.com. Meanwhile, her crew is stocking the shelves and getting ready for another busy Pow Wow and ceremony season, all the great aromas mix together, prairie sage, sweet grass, cedar and more. See you on the Pow Wow trail.

It's going to be a great year for everyone so take really good care of each other and thanks for all you do for us.