Who Are the Navajo? – Part Three

Navajo Clothing

The Navajo are the best known of the Native Americans when it comes to weaving. For hundreds of years, the Navajo have used a simple two-bar vertical loom for weaving, and it is with this that they have long created their unique Native American blankets. These blankets were referred to as “Chief’s blankets” due to their value. Continue reading

Who Are the Navajo? Part Two

The Navajo continue to live a lifestyle that is predominantly traditional. Many live in the area their ancestors settled in the past, despite the arid and barren landscape. A large number of Navajo have also settled in Los Angeles, Kansas City, MO, and along the irrigated lands on the lower Colorado River. Many speak native Navajo language, practice Navajo religion, and continue the tradition of the past century and longer of volunteering for the US armed forces at a higher rate than for most US citizens. This may be an expression of the Navajo ethic of community and service to others. Continue reading

Who Are the Navajo? Part One

The name of the Navajo is among those best known by non-Native Americans, along with others including the Apache, Cherokee, Comanche, and Sioux. Navajo jewelry is among the most popular Native American jewelry, and the use of turquoise in Native American bracelets and other items by the Navajo is well-known. But just who are the Navajo as a People? Continue reading

The Pendleton Blanket at Indian Traders

Here at Indian Traders, we are renowned for our beautiful and extensive range of Pendleton Throws and Blankets. These durable, warm, top-quality wool blankets are not only a fantastic souvenir of a visit to the US southwest, but a Pendleton throw blanket is also a stunning addition to any bedroom, living room, or another area of your home. Continue reading

Native American Jewelry: An Brief History

Native American jewelry is renowned worldwide for its unique style and distinctive designs. Crafted by indigenous artisans for many thousands of years, the jewelry of the Native Americans is influenced by the land, the spiritual beliefs, the legends, and the cultures of each unique nation, from the American Indians of the Southwest to those in the Northeast. These jewelry pieces have been crafted since the earliest times of the Inca, Aztecs, Maya, and Anasazi. Continue reading