Category Archives: Native American Artifacts

The Native American Tradition of Counting Coup

The Native American Tradition of Counting Coup

Counting coup is best described as a game of strategic warfare and, in many cases, it was considered a game of intertribal warfare. This was a tradition practiced by Native Americans of the Great Plains, and earning counting coup status was the highest honor a warrior could receive during combat. When the warrior was close… Continue Reading

Meaning of the Gourd Rattle in Native American Culture

Meaning of the Gourd Rattle in Native American Culture

Gourds are crafted by Native American artisans and they have been utilized to make many items, including birdhouses, pottery, and musical instruments. The gifting of a gourd rattle is a spiritual tradition; the rattle must be handled with care, as it is highly symbolic. Here we describe the histories of a few of the gourd… Continue Reading

Native Americans and Totem Poles

Native Americans and Totem Poles

Native American tribes of the northwest coast, like the Haida, often built and carved totem poles as tall as 40 feet. What was the significance behind doing so? Totem poles were a sign of wealth Totem poles were built and placed outside homes to display families’ status, ancestry and social rank. They were a sign… Continue Reading

Looking for Native American Culture in the US?

Looking for Native American Culture in the US?

While pop culture often misrepresents Native Americans with stereotypical portrayals, Native American culture is rich and thriving in the States. If you want an authentic experience, you won’t have to travel far to check out some of the best places! Washington, D.C. The National Museum of the American Indian is one of the Smithsonian museums… Continue Reading

Laws Governing Native American Artifacts

Laws Governing Native American Artifacts

Native American artifacts are extremely popular on the collectibles market, not to mention beautiful and fascinating. However, there are strict laws governing their purchase and sale, so if you’re interested in collecting Native American artifacts, or think you may have found something worth selling, it’s worthwhile to educate yourself about a couple of these laws… Continue Reading

How Knives Were Used in Native American Culture

How Knives Were Used in Native American Culture

Although many people think of knives as a simple, useful tool, in Native American culture, knives are much more. Knives were used in historical Native American Culture for a wide variety of purposes. Knives were used as weapons in Native American history through battles with other tribes, outsiders, and to defeat prey while hunting. Two… Continue Reading

A Look into Kachina House and other Sedona Attractions

A Look into Kachina House and other Sedona Attractions

Sedona, AZ has been voted one of the top three small-scale city “art destinations” in the United States. Sedona, blessed with breathtaking red rock landscapes, is full of history, culture, and canyons. Among the red rocks are a variety of shops and businesses that have created a town well-worth visiting. Kachina House, located in West Sedona,… Continue Reading

Importance of Beadwork in Native American Culture

Importance of Beadwork in Native American Culture

Native American beadwork is more than just colorful and visually appealing designs; it also represents a culture rich in symbolism and history. This art form dates back centuries and has evolved as time has gone on. However, it is still an important part of today’s Native American culture. Early beadwork was inspired by a tribe’s… Continue Reading

How to Recognize Authentic Native American Art

How to Recognize Authentic Native American Art

Native American art honors and preserves the rich cultures of Native American people. Those in the market for Native American art know the value in investing in and treasuring this type of art. It’s important to know how to recognize what is authentic and what is not. Whether the item is a sculpture, carving, doll,… Continue Reading

Basket Weaving’s Importance in Native American Culture

Basket Weaving’s Importance in Native American Culture

One of the oldest crafts in Native American cultures is basket weaving. Each tribe has its own specific methods and materials to create woven baskets. Basket weaving has played a crucial role in the lives of Native American people and still does today. The diversity in basket weavings techniques, materials, and colors make Native American… Continue Reading