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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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JMC NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE, CORAL, & BEAR CLAW BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
JMC NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE, CORAL, & BEAR CLAW BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$46011 Bids
Native American Indian Peace Medal John Quincy Adams. Dated 1825
Jun 09, 10:00 AM CDT
Native American Indian Peace Medal John Quincy Adams. Dated 1825
by Thriftiques of Iowa
Est: $10- $1,000
$11010 Bids
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ARMAND AMERICAN HORSE LAKOTA TRIBE NICKEL SILVER INLAY BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
ARMAND AMERICAN HORSE LAKOTA TRIBE NICKEL SILVER INLAY BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$8510 Bids
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NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$909 Bids
RARE Antique 19th Century Native American Northern Plains Indian Painted Parfleche Container
May 27, 5:00 PM EDT
RARE Antique 19th Century Native American Northern Plains Indian Painted Parfleche Container
by One Source Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$5008 Bids
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RAMON ALBERT DALANGYAWMA JR. STERLING SILVER OVERLAY BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
RAMON ALBERT DALANGYAWMA JR. STERLING SILVER OVERLAY BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$858 Bids
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LOT OF 5 ASSORTED NATIVE AMERICAN ARTWORK
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
LOT OF 5 ASSORTED NATIVE AMERICAN ARTWORK
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$657 Bids
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SOUTHWESTERN STERLING SILVER FLORAL FILIGREE PURSE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
SOUTHWESTERN STERLING SILVER FLORAL FILIGREE PURSE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$757 Bids
CIRCA 1800 HAND PAINTED MEDICINE BAG
Jun 15, 11:00 AM EDT
CIRCA 1800 HAND PAINTED MEDICINE BAG
by Turquoise Mountain Auctions
Est: $525- $975
$1207 Bids
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SOUTHWESTERN STERLING SILVER SLEEPING BEAUTY TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
SOUTHWESTERN STERLING SILVER SLEEPING BEAUTY TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$906 Bids
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PLAINS STYLE INDIAN BONE HAIR PIPE BREASTPLATE POW WOW REGALIA
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
PLAINS STYLE INDIAN BONE HAIR PIPE BREASTPLATE POW WOW REGALIA
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$856 Bids
Native American Sterling & Turquoise Concho Belt
May 26, 10:00 AM MST
Native American Sterling & Turquoise Concho Belt
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$806 Bids
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NATIVE AMERICAN HAND PAINTED HIDE DANCE YOKE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
NATIVE AMERICAN HAND PAINTED HIDE DANCE YOKE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$555 Bids
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NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER NATURAL ROYSTON TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER NATURAL ROYSTON TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$905 Bids
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NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$905 Bids
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GAIL BIRD & YAZZIE JOHNSON STERLING SILVER JASPER BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
GAIL BIRD & YAZZIE JOHNSON STERLING SILVER JASPER BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1105 Bids
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PETE SANCHEZ ISLETA STERLING SILVER BLUE GEM TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
PETE SANCHEZ ISLETA STERLING SILVER BLUE GEM TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$755 Bids
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NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER #8 TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER #8 TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$605 Bids
WONDERFUL LIFELONG COLLECTION OF ARCHAIC NATIVE
Jun 09, 10:00 AM EDT
WONDERFUL LIFELONG COLLECTION OF ARCHAIC NATIVE
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $500- $1,000
$4254 Bids
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ARMAND AMERICAN HORSE LAKOTA TRIBE NICKEL SILVER MALIGANO JASPER BELT
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
ARMAND AMERICAN HORSE LAKOTA TRIBE NICKEL SILVER MALIGANO JASPER BELT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
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ANTIQUE PLAINS ELK ANTLER HIDE SCRAPER
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
ANTIQUE PLAINS ELK ANTLER HIDE SCRAPER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Quantity of Navajo Silver Buttons,
Jun 01, 10:30 AM AEST
Quantity of Navajo Silver Buttons,
by Aalders Auctions
Est: AUD120- AUD220
AUD1404 Bids
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ARMAND AMERICAN HORSE LAKOTA TRIBE NICKEL SILVER BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
ARMAND AMERICAN HORSE LAKOTA TRIBE NICKEL SILVER BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
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SIGNED P NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER PILOT MOUNTAIN TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
Jun 09, 9:00 AM MST
SIGNED P NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER PILOT MOUNTAIN TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$804 Bids

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