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|FRONTIER PLUNDER Indian Trading Post||
Wearing Her Trader's Hat...
southwestern trader Harriet Callahan Killshorse opened the current shop 20 years ago following 19 years in small third world countries writing and collecting utilitarian art. Returning home, time followed buying and selling at antique shows, Fur Trade Rendezvous, and Indian Pow-wows.
An earlier love of American Indian culture and art found Harriet at Indian pow-wows as a northern traditional dancer or at mountain-man rendezvous across the West as a trader.
Settling at the Zion National Park entrance town of Springdale, Utah, the current shop was born.
The Lovely Leia...
has been a partner and crew member on many miles of buying trips and shows. It's not always about were you go, but who you share the going with.
The Always Elegant...
and very interesting, Ms. Lila Moss. She is an active artist, founder of a local arts organization, collector extraordinaire, and FASHION POLICE (though she did make me buy the WORST Jesus painting ever).
Knowledgeable Danny Neill...
is a well-known lecturer, author, historian in the cowboy, charro and Mexican history field. He has bought and sold Western historical material for 40 years and counting. He is a familiar face at all the cowboy, Indian, and Western museum shows.
Marriage to husband John Callahan, a Kiowa Indian from Oklahoma, brings a unique perspective to the western art. John, a career Indian housing and construction management director, has worked with tribes across the U.S.
At pow-wows he participates in his culture as a Gourd Dancer and a Traditional Southern Straight dancer.
Building their dream home/ shop one room at a time, the compound houses 2 courtyards, a master bedroom holding a 20 high hand-tanned buckskin tipi, a tiny room reminiscent of a multi-storied Pueblo, a Mexican folk art-infused kitchen, and rambling store rooms.
Stylish Stephen Curtis...
is a well respected conservator of museum quality old textiles and Native pottery. He is an authority on named Pueblo potters and their lineage, prehistoric Southwestern pots, Indian baskets and jewelry. A great listener and friend, Stephen always manages to turn up fantastic finds.
...and furry friends to keep us grounded.