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Thursday, February 16, 2023 – Sourcing ethical Native art and jewelry dealers

A merchant who sells works by Native artists is under fire for derogatory and offensive comments to Native dancers outside his Scottsdale, AZ shop. The incident revives long-standing concerns about non-Native opportunists exploiting the richness of Native talent. Today on Native America Calling, we discuss ways to ensure you patronize establishments that treat Native artists and craftspeople respectfully and ethically with Cody Blackbird (Eastern Band Cherokee and Dakota descent), six-time Native American Music Award winning artist; Heather Tracy (Navajo), co-owner of Native Art MarketKandis Quam (Zuni and Navajo), artist with the ARTZ Cooperative Gallery; and Dr. Suzanne Newman Fricke, director of Gallery Hózhó at Hotel Chaco.

Break 1 music: Don’t Make Trouble in Your Heart (song) Cheevers Toppah (artist) Renewed Spirit – Harmonized Church Hymns of The Kiowa (album)

Break 2 music: Straight (song) Northern Cree Singers (artist) Pow-Wow Songs Recorded Live at Samson: Nikamo – “Sing!” (album)