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
If you’re planning your wedding, chances are you’ll want something blue – it’s a common European tradition, after all. But have you considered wearing a gorgeous piece of Native American turquoise jewelry as your something blue? Continue reading
Few people today understand the role that Native Americans have played alongside other Americans in armed conflicts, both in the USA and worldwide. From the renowned Navajo Code Talkers of WWII to the Native American Scouts in the Vietnam War, our American Indian people have played a critical part, serving with distinction and honor. Continue reading
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.
Native Americans are renowned for their beautiful, long dark hair. Long hair itself has great meaning to the Native American people (more on this to come in a future post). But did you know that some tribal groups had their own unique ways of styling their hair? Continue reading
Among the popular stones used in Native American jewelry of the Southwest are the black stones Onyx, Jet, and Apache Tear. All these stones polish to a shiny finish, and they are valued as protective, grounding stones.
While these can be difficult to tell apart, they are not the same stone. Continue reading
Native American culture fascinates so many of us, and we embrace it by adorning our homes with Native American blankets, wearing Navajo turquoise jewelry, and by reading stories and legends. But are any of these legends based on truth?
More specifically, is the legend of Hiawatha based on a real person? Continue reading
When it comes to stunning Native American jewelry, our merchandise here at Indian Traders is not just limited to traditional pieces like Native American bracelets, necklaces, and Hopi Indian jewelry. We also have a wide array of beautiful non-traditional Indian silver pieces from which to choose the ideal gift for yourself or another. Continue reading
There are many fascinating stories of Native Americans, and these foster our interest in their majestic culture and our love of Native American blankets, handicrafts, and jewelry.
One famous Native American is the man who is purported to have lived a staggering 137 years: Chief John Smith.
Who Was Chief John Smith? Continue reading
One of the most famous photographers of Native Americans at the turn of the twentieth century was Frank Rinehart. He was renowned for capturing the personality and culture of the Native Americans of the USA, from their dress to their Native American jewelry to their lifestyle, and particularly for his photographs of delegates and leaders at the 1898 Indian Congress in Omaha. Continue reading