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January 2015 Newsletter: It's a New Year

When you wake up on January 1 you can say "it's a New Year", and with a New Year there is the excitement of new beginnings. For us that would be purchasing new inventory, making the store new with paint and displays, in general we are getting ready for the New Year.

We've made an addition to our social media, besides Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ we can also be found on Instagram. This very visual platform is perfect for us as the whole store is a visual experience.

Now onto some new products from our very talented artists, crafts poeple and performers.

From the Native Gallery:

American Indian Drum w.Drum Beater and Carved Turtle Effigy

By Lakota Sioux artist Jim Little Wounded, this is seriously a lovely piece of artwork that has a metal base and a rawhide top. Jim has added a wood carved head and tail of a turtle, paint, stain, beads, bells and leather dangles to make it a one of a kind piece of art. Jim has included a drum beater as well.

New From the Book & Music Store:

January 24th - We hosted Wi Ma Hiya Second CD Release Party. This Hand Game group of singers and players have introduced a whole new album of songs,"Win or Lose",meant to distract the "guesser" so if you are in need of new music for this ancient game it is available now.

A new book to the store is "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers.

Fine Art Gallery: 

We were able to obtain some originals from JoAnne Bird and they are created with her signature impression style, so much talent.

The description says, "A group of Native Americans make their way through a stand of birch trees in JoAnne Bird's acrylic on canvas painting, Land of the Birch." 

JoAnne Bird is an enrolled member of the Dakota Sioux who lives in South Dakota and has spent decades depicting her American Indian heritage using an abstract painting style. 

Sioux Trading Post:

We added Pendleton Blankets to the Sioux Trading Post site. Pendleton blankets have been manufactured since 1895 but the colorful blankets that we are used to seeing today began in 1909. The company searched and researched more colorful and intricate patterns based on the local and regional Native American population.

Today, these same high quality products and designs include Northern Plains examples like this design named "Way of Life" by Jim Yellow Hawk, local Lakota artist, Pow Wow dancer and motorcycle enthusiast.  

We Are Coming To Denver!

It may be a little early to start talking about March, but for us it is just a few short weeks away until Denver March Pow Wow, March 20-22, 2015.

Michael and Nancy will be making the trip to the mile high city (home of the Broncos, etc…) to setup in the Arcade area of the coliseum. This is the same place that we were at last year. Nancy has planned all the materials they will be taking which includes beads, needles, trade cloth, beadwork and quillwork, craft supplies, tee shirts and more. Stop by the booth and say hi if you happen to be lucky enough to make it to this historical event.