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
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
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.
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
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
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
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