Native American Jewelry – Tribal Differences in Design The Navajo and the Santo Domingo

Native American necklaces and Native American bracelets have been crafted for adornment and trade purposes by the American Indians and the Native Americans of Canada for many thousands of years. While Spanish settlement on the North American continent introduced the indigenous Americans to silver-smithing in the 1800s, Native American tribes have been making use of natural resources for many thousands of years to craft necklaces, rings, pins and brooches, buttons, earrings, bracelets, bridles, and more. Continue reading

Indian Traders: Spotlight on our Other Art

Here at Indian Traders, we do specialize in Pendleton Blankets and authentic Native American Jewelry. But our fantastic and top quality merchandise is not limited to Pendleton throw blankets and Native American turquoise jewelry!

We also have a very wide array of other stunning southwestern art, including Pueblo Pottery, Custom Knives, Western Jewelry, and Bronze Statues available for purchase. There really is something for everyone. Continue reading

Native American Necklaces: Symbolism

Native American jewelry, including Native American necklaces, is very popular among both American Indians and non-natives alike. Generally featuring silver or copper, and often with turquoise, coral, shell, bone, or beading, traditional pieces are not only fashionable but also very meaningful. Traditional designs reflect the important symbols, motifs, and beliefs of the tribe by which they are crafted. Continue reading

The Zuni

The Zuni are Native American Pueblo Peoples who originated in the Zuni River Valley in New Mexico. They are believed to descend from the Anasazi, and according to Zuni tradition, their ancestors originally emerged from deep underground to reside in the lands of what is now the southwest USA.  Archaeological evidence suggests the Zuni have lived in their current location at the Zuni Pueblo near Gallup, NM, for 1,300 years. Continue reading

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