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WherecanavisitortoNewMexicofindareplicaofaNavajotradingpostfromtheearly1900s?Theanswerisinthe
WhelwrightMuseumoftheAmericanIndianinSantaFe, NewMexico, whereNativeculturesfromthe1850stopresent
dayareshow-cased.
TheCaseTradingPostwasopenedin1975inacornerofthemuseumpreviously
usedforcuratorialstaf, andisdefinitelynottheusualkindofmuseumgiftshop.
AstheTradingPost’swebsitesoaptlystates:“Fromthecreakingwodenflors
underfottotherusticbeamsoverhead, theCaseTradingPostwelcomesyou!”
TheTradingPost isnamedforMargaret MenoughCase, aformertrusteofthe
Whelwright Museum, andprovidesauniqueexperienceforvisitorsandartists
alike.Visitorscanadmireandexaminethewiderangeofhand-madeNorth
Americanartworkondisplay,aswelasbooksandothergiftsandmementos.
Thereissomethingforeveryone–fromthefirst-timebuyertotheseasoned
colector.
ArtistsvisittheTradingPostalmostdailyinthesamewayastheirparentsand
grandparentsvisitedothertradingpostsmanyyearsbefore.Alkindsoftreasures
areondisplayandforsale–richlycoloredNavajorugs, intricatelywovenbaskets,
poteryjarsandstorytelers, stuningsilverandturquoisejewelry,andmore.
EverySaturdaymorningthereisafre,informallectureonsomeaspectofSouthwestIndianart.Topics,suchasBasic
TechniquesofIndianJewelry, HowtoIdentifyVariousPoteryStyles, andTipsforBuyingIndianArt, arearegularfeature.
Thetalksaredonebymuseumstafmemberswhousualytakeapiecefromthecolectioninventoryandmaydiscusthe
artist, thetechniqueorwhat tolookforwiththat particularart form.ThetalksareheldinasmalsidegaleryneartheTrading
Postandusualyhaveabout15peopleinatendance.Theaudienceoftengetsachancetoholdandexaminethepiece.
Rob LucasistheTradingPostmanagerandhasben
theresince195.Trainedasaclasicalpianist,Lucas
cametoAlbuquerquewithhisfamilyfromtheEastCoast.
AftervisitingtheWhelwrightMuseumandtheTrading
Post,heboughtsomepiecesofNativeartandstarted
volunteringthere.Aftervolunteringonesummerduring
SantaFeIndianMarket,Lucasjoinedthepermanentstaf
oftheWhelwrightMuseum.
TheweksaroundIndianMarketarethebusiesttimeof
yearat theCaseTradingPost.Lucasusesthisopportunity
forfeaturedartiststogivedemonstrationsandhavea
roundtableforyoungartists.TheCaseTradingPosthas
benaRetailMemberofIACAsince198.Thisunique
museumshopprovidesafascinatingvenueforcolectors
andvisitorsandashowcaseforestablishedandupcoming
artists.
CaseTradingPost
WhelwrightMuseumoftheAmericanIndian
704
CaminoLejo
SantaFe, NM 87505
ByDeDowers
PhotosCourtestyRobertMesa, CaseTradingPost
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