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Welcome to a new chapter in IACA's
history: the launch of the IACA Jour-
nal, a project of the IACA Education
Fund. IACA is changing with the
times, using social media and learn-
ing new technologies. In the past two
years we have moved into more elec-
tronic communication with our mem-
bership, and like Kindle, we have
learned many of our members still
enjoy print media. To satisfy everyone,
we are pleased to say our new Journal
will be both in print and online.
It’s been forty years since John Kennedy and a small group of founding members
came together to form the initial alliance of artists, wholesalers and retailers that
would work to protect the industry from the flood of fakes entering the market.
Today, IACA is “The World’s Leading American Indian Art Alliance” –with all
links in the industry sharing the same passion for high standards, ethics and au-
Native art is more than a business. It is a labor of love, an outlet for creativity, a
part of our history and a way of life. We honor the artists for their creativity and
have great respect for the cultures and traditions they represent. We admire the
small businesses around the country who travel to our shows each year to ensure
they are supporting Native artists and buying the real thing. And, we treasure
those artists and dealers who so generously share their knowledge.
IACA is still needed. Retailers need a place to buy art they know is authentic.
Artists want representation that is ethical. Collectors want to know what they
are buying.
Our industry is filled with fascinating people, places and history. It is our honor
to introduce them to the public. These pages will be filled with the diversity and
beauty of the arts being produced by Native Peoples in the United States and
We want to thank everyone who helped the Journal get its start and for starting
a new IACA tradition. Special thanks to board member Christopher Cates, whose
vision and extraordinary energy guided the Journal Committee and made this
project a reality.
Gail E. Chehak
Klamath Tribes
Publisher - IACA Education Fund:
Managing Editor/Committee Chair
- Christopher Cates, Creative & Graphic
Design by Aquila Designs, Inc., Photography by
Angel Wynn & Amy Parish, Contributing Writers: John Kennedy, Anne
O'Brien, Colleen Reeks, Susan Pourian, Akee Bitsilly, Beth Hale; Printing by
Starline Printing; Mailing by SRFS & Rio Rancho Mailing
Journal Committee:
Christopher Cates, Mike McNair, Colleen Reeks, Sam
School, Susan Pourian, Susan Malis, Anne O'Brein, Molly Brolin, Brian Lush,
Akee Bitsilly, Kathi Ouellet, and Rayne Hendren
We welcome your comments and look forward to hearing from you. The IACA
Journal will be published quarterly each year. Send us your ideas for stories, show
dates and important milestones for the calendar and member updates.
Be sure to visit our website to stay apprised of upcoming events and programs,
or to become a member of IACA. Our office in Albuquerque can answer questions
about advertising, membership and sponsorship opportunities.
Please contact us anytime.
IACA-Education Fund & The Indian Arts & Crafts Association
4010 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite C • Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107
Phone: 505.265.9149, fax: 505.265.8251 •
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We do best to check all copy and images. If we have made an error or omission, please accept our apology and contact the office to let us know. All rights are reserved. Articles may be reprinted for educational,
non-commercial purposes with permission. Please credit "IACA Journal, issue" (such as Vol. I, Spring 2012). All rights to images and copy are reserved. Images of art are provided by IACA member artists and
cannot be used without their specific permission.