Category Archives: Native American Artifacts

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

The Symbolism Behind Native American Feathers

The Symbolism Behind Native American Feathers

One of the most common objects utilized in crafting Native American artifacts is the feather. We see them all the time—on headdresses, on housing, or on possessions that were present in a traditional Native American context. However, the feather is regarded as more than just an accessory in Native American culture. The feathered headdresses or… Continue Reading

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