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The Cradleboard: An intricate and stunning example of Native American culture

September 15, 2017

  What is a Cradleboard? Many Native American tribes have used cradleboards for centuries. Cradleboards are also known as a baby carrier or a baby board. While a cradleboard is also known as a papoose, this is not the proper context of the word. Derived from the Algonquin word papoos meaning “child,” early colonial settlers […]

A Guide to Native American Pottery (infographic)

May 31, 2017

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Kachina Dolls at Ute Mountain Trading Company

August 26, 2016

The Ute Mountain Trading Company is proud to offer a wide range of kachina dolls made here in Cortez, CO by our Native American artists. There are over 400 different kachina spirits in existence, so it is difficult to create a comprehensive guide to cover all aspects of kachinas and kachina dolls in Hopi culture. […]

Understanding the Cultural Significance of Wedding Vases

August 23, 2016

The use of wedding vases has been an important tradition in Native American wedding ceremonies, particularly in the American Southwest, for centuries. They originated among the Navajo, Ute, Pueblo, and Hopi nations, and have since been adopted in wedding ceremonies by tribes across the United States and Mexico. Design Wedding vases tend to stand out […]

Have you ever tried blue cornmeal?

July 31, 2016

Blue cornmeal is a delicious option for homemade tortillas, chips, and even pancakes. As a favorite treat in the Southwest, the Bow & Arrow Blue Cornmeal is a local option you can find at the Ute Mountain Trading Company in Cortez, CO. In addition to being a delicious alternative to traditional flour or cornmeal, blue […]

The Intricacies of Native American Jewelry and Art – About Hopi and Zuni Jewelry

June 14, 2016

The intricacies and designs found in Native American jewelry have been adorning our fashion sense for centuries. With many different tribes all bringing their own unique styles to this area of the jewelry scene, there truly is something for nearly every taste. While many tribes may be relatively close in geographical proximity all things considered, […]

Different Styles of Native American Pottery

April 7, 2016

The art of making pottery is an ancient tradition for Native Americans. At Ute Mountain Indian Trading Company and Gallery, we pride ourselves in working with the artists to bring you a personalized buying experience. We represent Throughout the Southwest; the Native American pottery is vast and stylistically different from each tribe. We’ve outlined below […]

Get to Know Ute Mountain Indian Trading Company and Gallery

January 21, 2016

Ute Mountain Indian Trading Company and Gallery have been in the Cortez area since the early 1970s. Starting off as two different branches – Mesa Verde Pottery and Ute Mountain Pottery – our official Grand Opening was in May 2015, after Ute Mountain Indian Tribe purchased both Mesa Verde Pottery and Ute Mountain Indian Trading. […]

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