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Nakoaktok Dancers

Native American Spirituality Part 1

Much of the design of Native American blankets and throws, as well as items like Hopi Indian jewelry, is inspired by American Indian legend. The Native Americans are known to be very spiritual people – but do they follow a religion? And how does spirituality differ between tribes?

Just like every other culture on Earth, the Native Americans have their own belief systems and religious rituals… Continue reading

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Native American Wedding Customs Part 1

Just like in other important areas of life, there are numerous traditional Native American customs attached to weddings. Some of these are incorporated into wedding ceremonies to this day. From Native American jewelry in a modern wedding to wedding vases and traditional apparel, these customs differ by tribe but tend to be centered around nature and the matrilineal line. Continue reading

Winter is Here!

Winter is here!

It’s time to get cozy and snuggle in for a few cooler (or cold!) months, and there is nothing better than authentic, top quality Native American blankets and apparel to make you feel and look great during the chilly season.

Indian Traders has a vast range of merchandise which is perfectly suited to the season, and our Pendleton blankets, throws, beanies, scarves, coats, and ponchos make perfect gifts for Christmas and birthdays, anniversaries, christenings, and other special milestone events into the New Year. Continue reading

Cheyenne Girl, Oklahoma, early 1900s

Native American Beadwork

One art form for which Native Americans of the USA, Canada, and Central America are most widely renowned is beadwork. This beautiful craft is highly collectible and has been at the forefront of tribal trade for thousands of years. Everything from knife sheaths to moccasins, clothing to papooses, and headbands to horse adornments could be adorned with beadwork or quillwork. Continue reading

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Bison and the Native Americans

Bison, the national mammal of the USA, have roamed the North American continent for at least eleven thousand years, originally in a tract which extended via rich grasslands from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico and throughout most of what is now the continental United States. These are the heaviest land animal in North America and are exceeded in stature only by the moose. Continue reading

Why Do Native Americans Wear Their Hair Long?

One enduring image we collectively have of Native American people is their long hair. Even to this day, many American Indians, Mexican Indians, and Canadian First Nations People choose to keep their hair long. (So do many other ancient cultures, including the native Sami of Finland and Sikhs). This is much more than simply an aesthetic or stylistic choice.

Many ancient cultures maintain that hair is an extension of not only the human nervous system but also the soul. Continue reading

Plimoth Patuxet

Plimoth Patuxet: Acknowledging the First Native Americans the Pilgrims Encountered

Among the many things 2020 will be remembered for, one stands in a positive light. This year the living history museum, Plimoth Plantation, is changing its name to better reflect the true history of the land on which it stands.

It is timely, as this is 400 years since the European Pilgrims landed for the first time off the Mayflower in 1620 in Massachusetts.

The final name has not yet been finalized, however, in the interim, it will be known as Plimoth Patuxet.

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