Artifacts are a major portion of an Indian reservation's economy.
Annually, thousands of tourists visit reservations and most will not leave
without purchasing at least one memento of the traditional Indian culture.
One enterprising Indian was able to outsell his competitors in the sale
of wooden dolls by selling them at only a fraction of the cost others
had to charge.
Upon examining his dolls, they found that where hard wood was
traditionally used, this Indian would use cheap pine on which he glued
thin pieces of fine mahogany, thus being able to produce the dolls at only
a fraction of the cost.
While he claimed his dolls were still authentic, his competitors
complained that they were only cheap Sioux veneers.