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American Indian Art - General

American Indian decorative art is as much a window in the cultures of the respective tribes as it is a celebration of innovation in artistry. Their rich traditions of carving, weaving, and storytelling create a body of decorative objects that both honor heritage and hearken back to the North American continent generations ago.

Though these traditions in the decorative and visual arts have been part of the American Indian experience for millennia, most surviving examples in good condition date to the last one hundred to two hundred years. This is in part due to these tribes' emphasis on using organic materials. Save for the glass seed beads introduced into their culture by European tradesmen centuries ago, American Indians relied primarily on the media within their natural environment to convey artful objects and narratives. Clothing, for example, was made from animal hides; totems were carved from local wood.

This locally-sourced outlook was a testament to the American Indian’s indelible connection to nature, but it also meant the inevitable decay of some of these objects, particularly when exposed to extreme weather conditions or other mistreatments. Those well-preserved artifacts that do survive, however, are a remarkable showcase of American Indian artistry and culture and should be curated accordingly in your collection as a true piece of history.

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Vintage Navajo Kingman Turquoise Traditional Stamp-Work Concho Belt
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Navajo Kingman Turquoise Traditional Stamp-Work Concho Belt
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $2,400- $3,800
$65021 Bids
Vintage Navajo Kingman Turquoise Small Concho Belt
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Navajo Kingman Turquoise Small Concho Belt
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $800- $1,200
$40014 Bids
Pipe Tomahawk
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Pipe Tomahawk
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$25010 Bids
Ohio trophy ax
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Ohio trophy ax
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$12510 Bids
Catlinite Pipe and Stem
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Catlinite Pipe and Stem
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$42510 Bids
Vintage Navajo Kingman Turquoise Concho Belt
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Navajo Kingman Turquoise Concho Belt
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $800- $1,200
$45010 Bids
Banded Slate Bannerstone, 3 1/2"W x 2", Indiana, Ex Parks Collection
Feb 24, 1:00 PM EST
Banded Slate Bannerstone, 3 1/2"W x 2", Indiana, Ex Parks Collection
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$10010 Bids
Thomas Singer (Tommy Singer) Vintage Plain Silver Story Teller Concho Belt
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Thomas Singer (Tommy Singer) Vintage Plain Silver Story Teller Concho Belt
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$85010 Bids
tomahawk pipe w/ inlayed hearts
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
tomahawk pipe w/ inlayed hearts
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2759 Bids
Two Native Americans with Bow and Arrow Bronze Table Bases
Feb 29, 10:00 AM PST
Two Native Americans with Bow and Arrow Bronze Table Bases
by Abell Auction
Est: $100- $100,000
$8509 Bids
Quartz Banner, Found in Illinois, Shelby County, 3" x 3 1/4"
Feb 24, 1:00 PM EST
Quartz Banner, Found in Illinois, Shelby County, 3" x 3 1/4"
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$709 Bids
8 ¾ in. Stone Pestle
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
8 ¾ in. Stone Pestle
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2258 Bids
5 Pipes and boatstones – quartz bird pipe
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
5 Pipes and boatstones – quartz bird pipe
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$2757 Bids
Alaskan artifacts
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Alaskan artifacts
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1507 Bids
Emerson Kinsell Navajo Plain Silver Horse Buckle
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Emerson Kinsell Navajo Plain Silver Horse Buckle
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$1007 Bids
roller pestle
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
roller pestle
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1257 Bids
Skull Stone Pipe Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Mar 03, 1:00 PM CST
Skull Stone Pipe Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$1707 Bids
Pipe Tomahawk
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Pipe Tomahawk
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1506 Bids
11 stone pestles and roller pestle pieces
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
11 stone pestles and roller pestle pieces
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1506 Bids
Pomo Pestle
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Pomo Pestle
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1506 Bids
Emerson Kinsell Navajo Plain Silver Horse Belt Buckle
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Emerson Kinsell Navajo Plain Silver Horse Belt Buckle
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$756 Bids
tube banner
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
tube banner
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$805 Bids
2 Drumsticks & tomahawk handle
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
2 Drumsticks & tomahawk handle
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1505 Bids

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