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Wuyak-kuita the Broadface Katsina

Every spiritual path has its protectors. The Puebloan belief system employs Katsinam to act as guards during ceremonies and as guides for mankind.   Dolls and figurines have always played a sacred role in spiritual and cultural ritual and ceremony. The Katsina doll isn’t a toy; rather it is a symbol of the Katsina that… Continue Reading

The Native American Medicine Bag

The Native American Medicine Bag

In traditional Native American culture, one of the most revered objects is the medicine bag (or bundle). Seen in most tribes, the medicine bag is used in precise rituals for various purposes. The keeper of each tribe’s medicine bag is typically known as the medicine man, although anyone may possess a bag of his or… Continue Reading

Native American Powwows

Native American Powwows

Traditional Native American Plains Indians celebrate their cultures with ceremonies known as Powwows. Most Powwows involve feasting, singing, formal dancing and various types of competitions. Each Powwow creates an opportunity for various tribes to convene, visit, and forge alliances. This tradition has helped to preserve aspects of Native American cultures and their rich heritage.  … Continue Reading

Varieties of Native American Made Baskets

Varieties of Native American Made Baskets

  Perhaps one of the most functional forms of Native American art is the hand woven basket. For centuries, tribes adapted their own forms of creating and adorning baskets for a multitude of purposes. From food storage to corn or clay sifting, baskets were and remain an essential piece of Native American culture.   Basket… Continue Reading

Native American Basket Weaving

Native American Basket Weaving

Basket weaving is one of the oldest known Native American crafts. Traditional Native American baskets are made from a variety of natural materials. From pine needles to sweetgrass, materials used to create these woven vessels reflected the natural resources that each tribe had readily available in their environment. Cherokee and Southeastern tribes most commonly used… Continue Reading

Native American Handcrafted Jewelry

Native American Handcrafted Jewelry

For thousands of years, Native Americans have been creating some of the most culturally unique jewelry in the world. From as early as 8500 BC, natives of the American Southwest were perfecting their techniques for drilling and shaping colorful stones and shells into beads. The pendants they created with these beads were symbolic of their… Continue Reading

Native American Bow & Arrows

For the Native American people, the bow and arrow was a means of survival. They were able not only to use their weapons to obtain food, but also for surviving through conflicts with opposing tribes and others.   Typically, the Native Americans would fashion their bow from a flexible strip of wood, bone, or horn.… Continue Reading

Native American Ceramics

Native American Ceramics

    Pottery has been a functional art form for the Native American people for over 7,500 years. It’s a cultural tradition that has carried over into the present day and continues to evolve. In the past, ceramics would be used to create essential items such as pots, pipes, masks, toys, sculptures, musical instruments, and… Continue Reading