Category Archives: Native American Artifacts

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

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

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

Enjoy Peaceful Sleep with a Navajo Made Dreamcatcher

Enjoy Peaceful Sleep with a Navajo Made Dreamcatcher

Originally crafted from red willow, sage and deer sinew, dreamcatchers have had an important place in Native American culture for many years. Hung above the bed, this hoop-shaped piece has the ability to catch dreams before they reach the sleeping individual, tangling the bad dreams in its sticky web and allowing the good ones to… Continue Reading

Learn More about the Talking Stick

Learn More about the Talking Stick

Used across Native American tribes for hundreds of years, the talking stick allows individuals to voice their opinions during council meetings and other major tribal events. Also used when teaching and sharing stories with children, the talking stick teaches that each opinion deserves the attention of everyone in the room and should be respected. The… Continue Reading

The Medicine Wheel

A symbol used across Native American cultures, the medicine wheel is made of four equal quadrants representing the four directions, four races, four seasons, and the four sacred mountains. The center of the medicine wheel represents the self. Also called “The Sacred Hoop,” the Native American medicine wheel symbolizes the life journey each of us… Continue Reading

The Tomahawk and its Many Uses

The Tomahawk and its Many Uses

The tomahawk is a versatile tool that has been prized among Native Americans for hundreds of years. Stone axes have been used for thousands of years, and the word “tomahawk” was derived from the Algonquian words “tamahak” and “tamahakan.” The European introduction of iron and steel made the tomahawk an even more valuable tool, making… Continue Reading