Native American Breastplates: More than Just Physical Protection

Native American Breastplates: More than Just Physical Protection

Worn by Plains warriors for hundreds of years, breastplates are made from a variety of materials including bone hair-pipe, deer hide and glass beads. Originally used as protection against arrows and spears in battle, breastplates continued to by worn by Native Americans in battle even after bullets were introduced and they no longer provided physical… Continue Reading

The Importance of Feathers in Native American Culture

The Importance of Feathers in Native American Culture

Depicted in jewelry, used in ceremonies and given as awards, feathers play an important role in Native American culture and spiritual life. Symbols of honor, trust, freedom, wisdom and more, feathers are prized possessions to those who have the honor to receive them. A part of Native American tradition that dates back hundreds of years,… Continue Reading

History of Native American Hide Paintings

History of Native American Hide Paintings

To the Native American people, especially those who lived on the Northern Plains, the buffalo was an important symbol of resourcefulness and an animal that was used for all of its parts. Buffalo hide paintings were an important part of the Plains Indians’ culture, both as a practical item and a decorative ceremonial one. Ornately… Continue Reading

Celebrating the National Park Service’s Centennial Year

Celebrating the National Park Service’s Centennial Year

With the National Park Service having turned 100 years old on August 25, 2016, Kachina House would like to take some time to recognize and appreciate the beautiful monuments that this program has worked ceaselessly to preserve for the generations to come. There is so much incredible Native American history which has been established in… Continue Reading

Storing Your Native American-Made Jewelry

Storing Your Native American-Made Jewelry

Since we recently discussed Native American jewelry – the meaningful turquoise stone in particular – we thought it only fitting to also talk about Native American jewelry and keepsake boxes. Carved, etched and handbuilt from an array of region-specific materials, they are perfect for storing your rings, earrings and necklaces (along with an endless assortment… Continue Reading