Category Archives: Tribes

An Exploration of Hopi Clown Culture

An Exploration of Hopi Clown Culture

Like minstrel shows of the early 19th century, which were an unfolding of outlandish entertainment, satire, and comic slapstick used to shatter taboos and also reinforce stereotypes, the practice of Hopi clowning, known as “Tsukulalwa,” often accomplished the same. Clowning societies helped sculpt the foundations of Hopi ceremony and ritual. While outsiders may have taken… Continue Reading

The Native American Wedding Vase

The Native American Wedding Vase

Every culture has its own traditions and customs when it comes to weddings, and Native Americans are no different. One cherished tradition centers around a wedding item still used in Native American weddings today: the wedding vase. A Native American wedding vase is unlike any vase people generally think of. They are visually designed in… Continue Reading

History and Importance of Native American Dreamcatchers

History and Importance of Native American Dreamcatchers

Native American culture is full of history, legends, and traditions. We pride ourselves on offering items that reflect the rich cultures of Native Americans. A classic Native American item is the dreamcatcher. Many people are familiar with the dreamcatcher from a decorative standpoint, but fewer people are aware of the colorful history and the legend… Continue Reading

Role of the Butterfly in Native American Culture

Role of the Butterfly in Native American Culture

As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, animals have been a focus of Native American culture since the beginning of time. Although we often associate animals such as deer, bear, and fox with Native American culture, insects have also played a role in many Native American myths. In fact, butterflies play a large role in… Continue Reading