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Santa Fe Trading Post

Welcome to Santa Fe Trading Post™

Our Trading Post is a modern embodiment of the spirit of the Santa Fe Trail and the character of the people who set up and extended a system of commerce that was unique in its time. The uniqueness was the very foundation of that commerce, built upon a diversity of cultures, but a common need for integrated mutual benefit.

The “Trader,” “Indian Trader,” or “Santa Fe Trader” was a person who took the time to see and value people of many cultures: Anglo, Native American, Mexican, or any combination that came along. He sought to meet their needs, first as a merchant, but often became a trusted friend. A story that conveys in a few words what the “good trader” was perceived to be is how, at a Native American funeral, it was not uncommon for the trader, who may have known the departed for years, to be asked by the family to shoot the departed’s horse so that, in accordance with custom, the man and his horse could be buried together. 

It was often the trader, as friend and confidant, who interceded on the part of a Native American individual (or even a whole tribe) with the U.S. Government, usually the Cavalry. More than one trader was instrumental in bringing about the smoking of the peace pipe. Rarely was a trader raided or attacked unless he lost sight of his role as an empathetic and honest person living and working among people who depended upon his good character.

The hallmark of any good trading post of old, and this one as well, is that the trader maintained an eclectic collection of wares and a willingness to obtain and sell, trade for, or buy what the customer requested. So, if you see it and like it, feel free to buy it or offer something in trade that we can turn at a profit.

We are also looking for artists and craftsmen of all types who want a showcase for their art, crafts, or creations. Whether you’re an artist or a potential patron of the arts, please click here.

Happy trading and have fun just browsing around. Remember to come back often, because a good trading post is a busy, changing place that is interesting to visit.

And oh by the way, because of our high regard for the way in which our hero Juan Lorenzo Hubbell ran a trading post, and since he is no longer around, we will honor his Trade Dollars for full face value towards the purchase of merchandise here at Santa Fe Trading Post™!

Speaking of Trade Dollars...

Actually, we thought Hubbell’s trade dollers were such a good idea that we decided to follow suit and issue Santa Fe Trading Post™ Trade Dollars. Ours are made of wood and come in two denominations: $1.00 and $5.00. Our $1.00 Trade Dollars are redeemable for a full face value rebate on any purchase made at Santa Fe Trading Post™.

Our $5.00 Trade Dollars are even more special. Not only are they redeemable for full face value on any purchase made at Santa Fe Trading Post™, you get them back (marked redeemed) with the item(s) you purchased with them!

So buy these collectable Trade Dollars for yourself or as gifts -- they make wonderful Christmas stocking stuffers and thoughtful enclosures in birthday cards, gift cards, friendship cards, or any greeting card. Click here for all the details!

Enjoy your visit to Santa Fe Trading Post™. We’re glad you’re here! As you can see, we’ve assembled thousands of items for your shopping and collecting pleasure!

Ol’ Swaphos
Trader Extraordinaire

Miss Kitty
Proprietress

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Navajo men work on a sand painting probably in Arizona. Woven blankets and rugs are displayed nearby.
Original photo: Western History/Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library

The actual location of the photograph above is unknown, but in the mind’s eye of the reader, it could depict an example of a sand painting being created by medicine men for its healing properties in the treatment of a tribal member, in which case it would be created to cover the floor in the member’s hogan and the patient would be placed upon or within the completed work as a form of treatment.

For our purposes here at SFTP, and in light of the woven blankets in the background of what appears to be a warehouse or storeroom area, this photograph might also depict one of the early functions of a trading post, wherein a trader such as Juan Lorenzo Hubbell (our hero and model for a good trading post) might arrange for an educational presentation of the creation process and lecture on the meaning of the artistic and cultural aspects of his Native American friends.

The Hubbell Trading Post is the oldest continuously operated trading post on the Navajo Reservation. It was purchased in 1878 by Juan Lorenzo Hubbell, who established himself as one of the leading traders of his time. He also collected western and Native American art, displayed in his home on the site. The trading post is still active today, trading with members of the Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and other tribes, just as members of the the Hubbell family did for 89 years until it was sold to the National Park Service in 1967. It is now operated by a non-profit organization that maintains the trading traditions the Hubbell family established. Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site consists of the original 160-acre homestead, including the trading post, family home, and Visitor Center as the primary attractions.

Juan Lorenzo Hubbell

Hubbel Trading Post warehouse. Photo from Old West Magazine, Summer 1973 (Vol. 9, No. 4).

Hubbel Trading Post, Ganado, AZ, ca. 1932. Photo from Old West Magazine, Summer 1973 (Vol. 9, No. 4).

Baskets hanging from the ceiling between vegas in the Hubbell homestead.

Oh dear! Sure hope this photo doesn’t give Ol’ Swaphos any ideas. He hasn’t yet started hanging our wares from the ceiling here at our Trading Post, but since we’re quickly running out of floor and shelf space, guess it’s either use the ceiling or start building a new addition!

Santa Fe Trading Post

swaphos@santafetradingpost.com

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