A History of Native American Flutes

A History of Native American Flutes

A beautiful handmade instrument used in ceremonies, celebrations and courtships, the Native American flute has origins that reach back thousands of years. Although this wind instrument’s exact history is unknown, it is believed to be the third oldest musical instrument, following the creation of drums and rattles. The oldest versions discovered by archaeologists to date… Continue Reading

The Many Uses for Native American Knives

The Many Uses for Native American Knives

Versatile tools used for hunting, throwing, preparing food and crafting goods, knives were carried by men and women alike. Knives played an important role in daily life, and the earliest versions were made from sharpened stone. Later, bone, copper and antler were also used. Such an important tool was made with great care and detail,… Continue Reading

A Brief History of Native American Bolo Ties

A Brief History of Native American Bolo Ties

Worn across the Western United States since the early 1900s, bolo ties began as a Native American accessory before becoming the recognizable and well-loved state neckwear of Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. Throughout the years, they have been called many names including slide ties, cowboy ties, gaucho ties and neck ropes. Although historians and enthusiasts… Continue Reading

Hopi Wedding Traditions and the Wedding Vase

Hopi Wedding Traditions and the Wedding Vase

Full of longstanding traditions and beautiful ceremonial acts, Hopi weddings involve much preparation. A key component of many Hopi traditions, corn plays a role in the approving of a marriage as well as the wedding preparations themselves. When a couple decides to marry, the man must state his intentions to the bride-to-be’s family. If the… Continue Reading