Janet Smith-Peterson

My serious interest in Native American culture and art began in college, but long before that I was fascinated by the turquoise jewelry worn by my mother and the Indian lore that my uncle recounted during visits to his home.  When my brother decided to attend college in Arizona, I made the long trip from Illinois to Tucson for a visit.  It was during that trip that my life changed course - I had my aha moment when I realized that I wanted to work with Native peoples and surround myself with the artwork created by Native artisans.

I opened my gallery in 1984 and have devoted my life to the mission of promoting and preserving Native American arts.  The relationships with artists have afforded me the opportunity to both offer the best artwork but also to bring the artwork to life by introducing artists personally at the gallery.  For almost 30 years I have traveled to reservations around the country purchasing authentic Indian artifacts.  Pottery, rugs, baskets, carvings and jewelry are just some of the items sold at The Sundance Gallery.

My interest in Indian affairs aren't limited to business and retailing.  I have been invited by the Southwest Association on Indian Affairs (SWAIA) to judge at the famed Santa Fe Indian Market and also helped establish the Schingoethe Center for Native American Cultures at Aurora University.

I am the only community member to sit on the Native American Educational Committee at College of DuPage and am a member of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association. I give presentations to educate the public about Indian art and volunteer to help Native causes.

Recently I have been invited to join cruise ships around the world to lecture about Native culture and sell jewelry to the guests on board luxury ships.  In the last 3 years it has been my great pleasure to share this important culture with many new friends around the world. 

"Doing business with Native people means doing business with friends."

At The Sundance Gallery - your purchase makes a difference. Thank you! 

    Janet Smith-Peterson, Owner

    Est. 1984

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