Journal

Beads have a long history among Native American culture. They have been used as trade goods, worn as adornment, and have even been used to tell stories. Tribes used shell, bone and stone to create these tiny pieces of culture, carving the stories into the material itself. Necklaces of such beads were passed down through […]
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The system of trading posts in the arid southwest had an enormous impact on how the area was shaped, both economically and in the minds and imaginations of travelers to the area. One such post was established by Jack Michelson and his wife, Mildred, in 1932 in the growing city of Albuquerque. Mildred’s maiden name […]
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The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, established by Congress in 1935 as part of the US Department of the Interior, has the mission of promoting and protecting Native artists and their work. Knowing the difficulties Native artists face in marketing their work and receiving a fair price for it, the IACB takes a multi-pronged approach […]
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There is an interconnectedness that reminds us we don’t exist in this world alone. Caring for those around us, ensuring they are able to both survive and thrive, and taking care of the things that are of value to all of us is a way to show we understand the real meaning of community. As […]
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Years ago, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale promoted “the power of positive thinking”. Turns out he wasn’t far off in his belief that the way we think inside affects our outer lives. In a time like this, where everyone is not only stuck at home far more than usual, but also worried and afraid about the […]
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