Category Archives: Native American Artifacts

Native American Baby Carriers: A Closer Look at the Cradleboard

Native American Baby Carriers: A Closer Look at the Cradleboard

While swaddling and baby carrying seem like the latest ideas in parenting trends, these soothing practices have been an important part of childrearing traditions in the Native American culture for thousands of years. Variations of the Native American baby carrier are found across hundreds of North American tribes, including the Shoshone, Cree, Ojibwe, Winnebago, Nez… Continue Reading

The History and Many Uses of a Native American Tomahawk

The History and Many Uses of a Native American Tomahawk

It is generally believed that the term “tomahawk” originated with the Algonquian peoples, a group who spoke Algonquian languages and lived mostly around the Great Lakes, along the northern Atlantic Coast and around the Saint Lawrence River. They also lived in the dense forest regions of what is presently known as Ontario, Canada. The Algonquian… Continue Reading

August – A Time to Honor the Butterfly

August – A Time to Honor the Butterfly

Perhaps the two most visible representations of Hopi culture in our society are the colorful hand-carved Katsina dolls and the costumed dancers that appear as the spirits that the dolls represent at certain times of the year. For the Hopi, all things follow a specific, traditional order. In August or September, after gathering the annual harvest and the… Continue Reading

A Closer Look at the Native American Bone Choker

A Closer Look at the Native American Bone Choker

Native American jewelry is a beautiful, versatile, and meaningful art form that has long been admired by cultures around the world. The handcrafted pieces are celebrated as relics of American Indian civilization, and the evolution of mass jewelry production has included them in modern day fashion and style. One of the most unique and traditional… Continue Reading