eBooks and Other Resources for Collecting Native American Arts & Crafts

There are ebooks all over the internet and sometimes it's difficult to see the forest through the trees. The following references are for collecting art, collecting Native American arts and crafts, as well as other sources. This list will be added to over time so check back often. You can also subscribe to either or both my monthly ezine and/or "bloget" to see updates to the site as they happen. You can unsubscribe at any time.

General information on collecting:

Native American Arts has password-protected free e-books:
"White Man, Red Man", The State of Native American Art Collecting
"Collecting and Appreciating Native American Art"
"Practical How-To Native American Arts Collector's Guide"

Read about collecting Native American art work - Points to Ponder

Northwest Coast Information:

Free Spirit Gallery is a Canadian gallery dedicated to exquisite Inuit art (Eskimo art carvings) from the Arctic north and magnificent Northwest Native art treasures. All artwork are authentic, original and one of a kind pieces. The following are free ebooks from Free Spirit Gallery that you can download here:

"An Overview of Pacific Northwest Native Indian Art" (pdf file)

"An Overview of Canadian Arctic Inuit Art" (pdf file)

You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and read ebooks in "pdf" format. You can get Adobe Reader here.

If you want to open the file in your browser window, just click on the link. However, if you want to download the file to view later, then right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.

Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open.

In order to print, open the downloaded file, and select the "Print" option from the ebook menu.

If Native American Indian pieces are are of interest for either buying or collecting, become familiar with them. Visit museums to study the various forms, materials, tribal affiliations and designs. Go to art shows that showcase Native American artisans. Antique shows are also a good venue - go through the booths of vendors selling these items. If they are passionate about what they have, they will answer your questions. And, of course, inter-tribal powwows are excellent venues to look and ask.

You can also go the The Indian Arts and Crafts Association for a listing of registered and certified Native American Artisans.

Above all, any art form being marketed as a genuine Native American handcrafted item must legally be just that. The spirit of the law is that any artwork or craft fashioned by a Native American, the artisan must be a member of an Indian Tribe, and their membership has been verified and certified.

These Native American artisans are practicing their art perhaps as a livelihood. And, through their art, they are keeping their culture, history and spirituality alive.

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