Bandelier Trading Company Continues Tradition

Co-owner Dominic Mayo of Bandelier Trading Company. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Bandelier Trading Company. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos

When Dominic Mayo and his wife, Emily, took over Bandelier Trading Company in the heart of Bandelier National Monument, they were following in the footsteps of two of Emily’s uncles who operated the business for 20 out of the last 30 years.

Mayo said as a family, they have always had a passion for quality Native American products. A former champion pow-wow dancer, his heritage is Lakota/Cherokee, Choctaw and Kaiowa.

“At Bandelier Trading Company we specialize in an ‘experience purchase’, something that will allow the visitor to take home a feeling of the Land of Enchantment,” he said. “Most of our inventory comes directly from the artist so we are able to offer beautiful, authentic work at a reasonable price”.

Some of the specialty work offered includes that of Tommy Singer, a Navajo silversmith who specialized in chip-inlay jewelry, who passed away in 2014. Singer, who lived in Winslow, Ariz., was highly regarded throughout the world for his inlaid turquoise, coral and silver pieces, which incorporated traditional Navajo designs.

Mayo proudly exhibits some San Il Defonso Pueblo blackware pottery made by Maria Martinez as well as well as Santa Clara and other pueblo pottery. He also has an extensive collection of Navajo rugs and weavings, dozens of Zuni and Cochiti fetishes.

“Although we offer some factory items, every single piece has a story behind it,” he said. “We like to offer something that’s affordable so that people can go home with a legitimate, authentic souvenir.”

Besides Native arts, the trading company offers an attractive display of backpacks and bags, unique Bandelier t-shirts and hats, post cards and magnets. They sell sunglasses, sun block, rain ponchos, snacks and water for those who arrive at Bandelier without the bare necessities. The snack bar offers a variety of food including sandwiches and drinks, and sometime even a bowl of green chili stew.

Bandelier Trading Company offers a 10 percent discount for locals on most jewelry and pottery. They are open every day except Christmas and New Year’s Day.

For more information, call 505.672.9291.

Educational toys and games at the Bandelier Trading Company. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Items for sale at the Bandelier Trading Company. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Items for sale at the Bandelier Trading Company. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Items for sale at the Bandelier Trading Company. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Items for sale at the Bandelier Trading Company. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

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