My daughter and I traveled to Santa Fe to visit a college friend and was shopping in the famous Santa Fe Indian Market, looking to invest in a few nice pieces - I looked at jewelry, clothing, pictures, artwork...I realized that I forgotten the meanings of patterns or animal symbols, what materials were traditionally used in making baskets, rugs, and so forth, what the different stones were in jewelry and why, what exactly is a medicine wheel and what does it mean, what’s the rain dance, etc. Being interested in Native American arts and crafts, an archaeologist and a researcher by trade, I combined them and here I am!
How You Can Acquire Native American Arts and Crafts and Help Preserve This Unique Cultural Heritage
Iroquois, Sioux, Navajo...
Geronimo, Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull...
Native American names that resonate through the pages of American History. Perhaps you know them only through the distorted lens of Hollywood westerns, but did you know these great nations and people offer a rich cultural heritage dating back thousands of years before Columbus ever set foot on these shores?
But now this heritage is in imminent danger of disappearing forever. As someone with Iroquois blood coursing through my veins, this thought fills me with dread, because I know that the whole world will be impoverished if it were allowed to happen.
Support Native American Art exists to increase your awareness of the rich diversity of Native American arts and crafts and Native American Culture, and to help you understand and acquire these works, either for yourself, or as gifts for those you love.
- QUALITY - Unlike the assembly-line, cookie-cutter trinkets flooding our market these days, each and every work of genuine Native American art is painstakingly hand-crafted, carrying with it the artist's own unique style. As such, your investment, however small, will definitely increase in value over time.
- UNIQUENESS - All Hand-crafted items are truly unique! These amazing Native American artisans are using their personal vision and style that are both modern and yet rich in culture and tradition. You'll have to make time to tell your friends where you found such a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece.
- SUPPORT - YES, your investments can be a bridge between the hope of the future and a tribute to the past. By investing in genuine Native American art, you can build such a bridge. (By the way, art can be what YOU want it to be: clothing, belts, coats, jewelry, rugs, pottery, baskets, blankets, etc.) And, your investment bridge flows back to families and communities for food, clothing and education. Meanwhile, new markets open for innovative, vibrant, dynamic and exciting artisans to step into, all the time mindful of their rich tradition.
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I have always loved history, especially American History, starting with looking at the pictures in National Geographic, growing up knowing of an Iroquois ancestry to graduating from Penn State in Anthropology/Archaeology. Why support Native American Arts and Crafts and, in turn, help to preserve an ancient culture? It's a "calling" - the work is beautiful, the workmanship is second to none, the innovative use of materials found in the environment is amazing. But it's also realizing that some of these cultures are on the brink of extinction, and that would be a shame for all of us. There's a bit more about me on my About Me page!
My site captures a glimpse into this diverse and unique culture through examining the works of talented Native American artisans. Art is reflective of a culture's belief system. And, through understanding the "why", the "how" and the "now", we can learn more about those we share the planet with. Without cultural understanding, misunderstandings abound, and that has been evidenced in our recent global history. Different cultures value different things and neither one is necessarily right or wrong ... just different. I care that these amazing contemporary artisans and their ancient cultures are given respect, dignity, a way to make a living, and experience the "American Dream". I want to make a positive contribution to the world and I want these artisans' works to be recognized as making a contribution to their families, their communities and to the world.
Native Americans Resources is a great directory to explore if you want to find out more on just about anything Native American.
Thank you for looking and check back from time to time as I continue to add more subject matter.
This web site is my passion...it's a calling for me. When I first started, I knew NOTHING about building a web site. Now, I'm not as good as some, but far better than others. Take a look how I was able to pursue a "passion" and add an income stream for myself while exposing my readers to an awe-inspiring culture...
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- Native American Arts and Crafts Law - It's the Law!
- Tips for Collectors - Collecting Native American Art
- Tips for Collectors - Collecting Native American Art the RIGHT
- Native American Animal Symbols
- Native American Animal Symbols - Want to know the who, what, why?
- Native American Symbols - What Do They Mean??
- Native American Symbols - What Do They Mean?
- Native American Indian Clothing - Who Wore What
- Native American Indian Clothing - Style, Culture and Tradition
- Native American Powwow – The Original Block Party!
- Native American Powwow – The Oldest Continuous Celebration in America
- Native American Dance
- Native American Dance - The Rhythm
- Native American Poems - The Essence of Native Americans
- Native American Poems - Come Discover Some Great Literature
- Thoughts of George Catlin, World Famous Indian Artist
- George Catlin's understanding of the Native American Culture
- Iroquois Confederacy and The Founding Fathers
- How the Iroquois Confederacy was the Blueprint for the U.S. and the Constitution
- Native American Beadwork - Beautiful Finishing Touch!
- Native American Beadwork - See What Shells, Pearls, Bone, Teeth and Stone Can Do!
- Native American Jewelry - Learn About Categories, Stones and Tribes
- Native American Jewelry - THE Hallmark of Native American Arts & Crafts
- Native American Medicine Wheels - History and Meaning
- Native American Medicine Wheels - Want to know the What and Why?
- Native American Dream Catchers - Where and Why
- Native American Dream Catchers - Your Dream Interpreter
- Native American Pottery - Past and Present
- Native American Pottery - Did you know that ...?
- Native American Totem Poles - Past, Present & What to Look For
- Native American Totem Poles - Family Crest or Grave or Gossip
- Native American Masks – Who Are You – Who, Who?
- Native American Masks - The Secret Societies
- Native American Pipe and Tobacco - It's Not What You Think!
- Native American Pipe and Tobacco - Medicine and Ritual
- Kachinas - Doll, Symbol or Both?
- Kachinas - Not Your Average Doll. It's Native American Religion
- Native American Indian Baskets - Appreciating Basket Weaving
- What to look for when considering Native American Indian Baskets
- Native American Rugs - Then and Now
- Native American Rugs - The Weavers
- The Native American Medicine Shield – Another Warrior Trademark
- Native American Medicine Shield – The Protection Factor
- eBooks and Other References -Collecting Native American Arts and Crafts
- EBooks and Other References for Collecting Native American Arts and Crafts
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