Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Symbolism Behind Native American Rattles

The Symbolism Behind Native American Rattles

An icon of Native American heritage and an integral component of many ceremonies, dances and Powwows, rattles create an unforgettable sound that resonates deep within us. Used to accompany the drummer’s rhythms and keep time for dancers and Katsinam, the sound of the rattle can clear the mind and promote spirituality. Although tribal traditions differ… Continue Reading

Stones Commonly Found in Native American Jewelry

Stones Commonly Found in Native American Jewelry

The history of Native American jewelry is vast, with the techniques and materials used changing as technologies advanced. According to archaeologists, the first turquoise jewelry made by Native Americans dates from 200 B.C., but it wasn’t until the mid- to late-1800s that silver was used in the craft. The Spanish brought silver to North America… Continue Reading

Racer Katsinam Return to the Hopi Villages this April

Racer Katsinam Return to the Hopi Villages this April

A time of joy and excitement, Kwiyamuya coincides with the month of April and the beginning of the growing season. As fruit trees begin to bud and weeds begin to spring up in the fields, the Hopi people start to prepare the fields for planting and racer Katsinam arrive in the villages. There are many… Continue Reading