Native Americans are traditionally very spiritual people, and most tribes revere “The Great Spirit”. This is an English translation of The Creator, a deity or “God”. Native American culture to this day honors and is mindful of The Great Spirit, and Native American blankets like the Pendleton Rio Canyon blanket (pictured) pay homage to the presence of The Great Spirit in all living things. Continue reading
Christmas is a European religious custom which has seeped into the wider cultural and secular landscape. As such, you might wonder whether Native Americans observe or celebrate Christmas?
Do Native Americans Celebrate Christmas? Continue reading
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
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
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
Amongst our vast range of Native American blankets from Pendleton, we carry some stunning saddle blankets.
Saddle blankets have been used for hundreds of years – to absorb sweat, to cushion saddles, and to protect the backs of horses when they were ridden or carried loads. Over the last few hundred years, horses have become intrinsic to Native American culture, and Pendleton has designed a beautiful range of saddle blankets in authentic American Indian designs. Continue reading
There are numerous Native American blankets created by Pendleton which honor certain aspects of American Indian history. One collection which does this is that honoring Chief Joseph, who was renowned for his strength of purpose, counsel, and commitment to his peoples’ old ways.
Who Was Chief Joseph? 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
Some of the most captivating images of these magnificent peoples are the early photographs of Native Americans taken in the late 1800s and early 1900s across the USA. Perhaps the most famous of these photographers was Edward S. Curtis. Continue reading