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American Indian Art

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 Sterling Silver & Leather Bowguard Ketoh Bracelet
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Navajo Kingman Turquoise Sterling Silver & Leather Bowguard Ketoh Bracelet
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $900- $1,400
$75019 Bids
Vintage Zuni Mediterranean Coral Cluster Cuff Bracelet
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Zuni Mediterranean Coral Cluster Cuff Bracelet
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$70017 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
$50016 Bids
Edward Bohlin Sterling Concho Leather Cowboy Vest
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Edward Bohlin Sterling Concho Leather Cowboy Vest
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $5,000- $7,500
$75015 Bids
WILFORD BEGAY STERLING NAVAJO KACHINA DANCER FIGURES
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
WILFORD BEGAY STERLING NAVAJO KACHINA DANCER FIGURES
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$90014 Bids
Vintage Navajo Turquoise Hat Band
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Navajo Turquoise Hat Band
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $700- $1,000
$55013 Bids
Dovetail from the Nelson Collection Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Mar 03, 1:00 PM CST
Dovetail from the Nelson Collection Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$22513 Bids
Ray Delgarito Navajo Pink Conch Cuff Bracelet
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Ray Delgarito Navajo Pink Conch Cuff Bracelet
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $400- $700
$35012 Bids
Mary Ellen Turquoise Lapis & Spiny Oyster Mixed Stone Lariat Necklace
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Mary Ellen Turquoise Lapis & Spiny Oyster Mixed Stone Lariat Necklace
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$45011 Bids
Ella Linkin Navajo Royston Turquoise Cluster Ring
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Ella Linkin Navajo Royston Turquoise Cluster Ring
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $400- $700
$25011 Bids
Ohio trophy ax
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Ohio trophy ax
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$15011 Bids
Signed Native American Sterling/Lapis Cuff
Mar 03, 10:00 AM MST
Signed Native American Sterling/Lapis Cuff
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$15011 Bids
Vintage DM Begay Navajo Sterling Silver and Turquoise Concho Belt
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Vintage DM Begay Navajo Sterling Silver and Turquoise Concho Belt
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$70011 Bids
Northwest Coast Haida Gwaii Indian Chiefs Mask
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Northwest Coast Haida Gwaii Indian Chiefs Mask
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $100,000- $150,000
$4,75011 Bids
Leo Feeney Anglo Southwest Artist Turquoise Peridot Citrine & Garnet Ring
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Leo Feeney Anglo Southwest Artist Turquoise Peridot Citrine & Garnet Ring
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $400- $700
$20010 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
$25010 Bids
RB Navajo White Buffalo Earrings
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
RB Navajo White Buffalo Earrings
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $200- $400
$25010 Bids
Mathew Jack Navajo Turquoise Coral Acoma Jet & Opal Micro Inlay Night Sky Intricate Necklace
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Mathew Jack Navajo Turquoise Coral Acoma Jet & Opal Micro Inlay Night Sky Intricate Necklace
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$55010 Bids
Santo Domingo Turquoise & Spiny Oyster Choker Necklace
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Santo Domingo Turquoise & Spiny Oyster Choker Necklace
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $300- $500
$35010 Bids
Elisabeth Guero Vintage Navajo Royston Turquoise Large Cuff Bracelet
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Elisabeth Guero Vintage Navajo Royston Turquoise Large Cuff Bracelet
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$30010 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
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
Vintage Navajo Fox Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Navajo Fox Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $300- $600
$25010 Bids

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