First stop on the High Road to Taos Art Tour

NPT Pasa Xmas 2014 AdThe first amazing stop on the High Road to Taos begins with the Historic Nambe Trading Post.  A jackpot of a gathering of authentic Indian and cowboy material culture, everything Made by Hand – by local artists and craftsmen from the surrounding pueblos and communities.  Western Movie Costumes by Emmy award winning costume designer Cathy Smith,  Navajo weavings, pueblo pottery, micaceous cookware, baskets, Plains Indian Bead and Quillwork, Historic Paintings, Old pawn jewelry and the contemporary jewelry of Jennifer Jesse Smith, antique saddles, clothing, Pendeltons, buckskin, beads, and much, much, more.  One of the last historic trading post of the Real West and THE NEW SPIRIT of OLD SANTA FE.

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SEPTEMBER ’16 : We are off on a movie!

The post will be closed the week of September 14- 23, as we will be in midst of filming a period docu-drama.  Wish us luck and we’ll see you next week!#48CA &Sam elliot

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August Premier Show at the Trading Post

A never before seen Collection of 19th Century Plains Indian Beadwork!

Native Arts Ad 6-6-16 to fix

For sale through out the month of August, with receptions August 10 & 11t nd 17 and 18.

A one of a kind show – don’t miss it!

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Customer Reviews from Trip Advisor

“Price, quality and authenticity — a combination that you can’t beat.”
5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

First, everything in this off-the-beaten path shop is authentic and locally hand made. This is one place you can totally trust — they tell you the name of the artist and you should believe them.

Beyond that everything is extremely well-done. The owner-managers are an incredibly talented mother daughter team. The mother makes native American costumes for the movies — Dances with Wolves is the most famous, but as I remember she has done work for about 35 movies. She is a recognized authority/historian on Prairie Indian dress and has done restoration for museums. Some of her best work is on display. The daughter is a talented jeweler. And they feature other local artists. For the quality of the work, the prices are extremely reasonable.

Over the holidays they are open every day of the week from 10 to 5 except for Tuesday. On weekends things are going on with mulled cider or wine and authentic New Mexicans munchies and stuff. Staff and clientele are welcoming and friendly — so be prepared for a good time.

The place is a little off the High Road to Taos (a scenic byway) so instructions follow. From Santa Fe drive north on St. Francis which becomes 84/285. You will pass the Pojoaque Pueblo shopping plaza, the Cities of Gold Casino, and 502 which goes off toward Los Alamos. Then you will go up a hill and down a hill and at the bottom will be a light with signs for 503 going off to your right (east). You may also see signs for Nambe. Take that road (which is also the High Road) almost two miles and you will see an adobe Catholic church on a low hill to your right. Turn right in front of that church and you will be on Summer Road or 113A. Follow that road not very far and the Trading Post will be on your left. If you miss the turn before the church, turn into its parking lot at the first opportunity and cut back across to 113A.

You are a ways out of town, but you are near other attractions. The trading post is in the village of Nambe, the best of the traditional Hispanic villages dating back more than 200 years. Drive a few more miles on 502 and you are in the incredible Nambe Badlands. Nambe Pueblo is nearby. (Call first), Also the best authentic Spanish colonial religious art in the little known Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) church in nearby Santa Cruz. (A true unknown gem and again call first.) The world-famous Sanctuario is nearby and of course you are on the best route to Taos..

Visited December 2015
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Venetian Cloaks by Cathy Smith for Christmas!

Coats 2015

Shown in Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy:  The perfect statement cloak for winter or rainy season: Pendleton napless blankets, lined with silk satin, oversize hood, huge pockets welted in black leather.

Limited edition of 10 handmade by Cathy Smith.  There are 4 left!! Get yours now.

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Smith & Smith, Mother & Daughter at Nambe Trading Post and True West, Santa Fe

Inside Santa Fe Ad 2-18-15 Feathers in 18 K. gold and in Warbonnets!

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January smoke signals!

IMG_1130We had a wonderful Holiday season here at the trading post .Our guests enjoyed mulled cider and the famous biscocittos of northern New Mexico sitting by our adobe fireplace.

Now that the festivities are over, the kids back in school, and winter is upon us,we are turning our attention back to our art:  Painting, beading moccasins, and designing new jewelry, so that by springtime there is a new rich, creative offering for our visitors.

The trading post will be open by appointment from January through March, so please just give us a call if you’d like to stop by.  Our regular hours will be suspended until Spring comes!  We hope you have a warm and fulfilling winter!

tipi in snow

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