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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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LARGE! ISABEL TSOSIE NAVAJO STORM PATTER RUG / WEAVING
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
LARGE! ISABEL TSOSIE NAVAJO STORM PATTER RUG / WEAVING
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1,50027 Bids
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GW NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE RATTLESNAKE BELT
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
GW NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE RATTLESNAKE BELT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$80023 Bids
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JAMES AYERS "FACE OF COURAGE" OIL ON CANVAS
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
JAMES AYERS "FACE OF COURAGE" OIL ON CANVAS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$13019 Bids
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IGNATIUS PALMER APACHE WARRIOR GOUACHE ON BOARD
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
IGNATIUS PALMER APACHE WARRIOR GOUACHE ON BOARD
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$64017 Bids
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VERNON HASKIE NAVAJO 14K YELLOW GOLD CORAL CUFF
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
VERNON HASKIE NAVAJO 14K YELLOW GOLD CORAL CUFF
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$5,60017 Bids
Monolithic Axe
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Monolithic Axe
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$85017 Bids
Vintage Navajo Turquoise & Coral Thunderbird Chip Inlay Eagle Squash Blossom Necklace
Apr 21, 10:00 AM MDT
Vintage Navajo Turquoise & Coral Thunderbird Chip Inlay Eagle Squash Blossom Necklace
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$70017 Bids
Two Southwest Native American Woven Basket Bowls
Apr 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Two Southwest Native American Woven Basket Bowls
by Devin Moisan Auctioneers, Inc.
Est: $300- $500
$1,10016 Bids
Beaded Sioux Pictorial Pipe Bag
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Beaded Sioux Pictorial Pipe Bag
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$85016 Bids
Marry Ellen Navajo Gem Grade Sonoran Gold Turquoise Large Long 18 Turquoise Stones Lariat Necklace
Apr 21, 10:00 AM MDT
Marry Ellen Navajo Gem Grade Sonoran Gold Turquoise Large Long 18 Turquoise Stones Lariat Necklace
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$85016 Bids
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DON SUPPLEE HOPI 14K YELLOW GOLD STERLING SILVER LONE MOUNTAIN TURQUOISE CUFF
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
DON SUPPLEE HOPI 14K YELLOW GOLD STERLING SILVER LONE MOUNTAIN TURQUOISE CUFF
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1,35015 Bids
Florida Weeden Island Pottery Vessel
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Florida Weeden Island Pottery Vessel
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$20015 Bids
A Turquoise Embellished Navajo Made Ram Skull
Apr 28, 11:00 AM MST
A Turquoise Embellished Navajo Made Ram Skull
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $800- $3,000
$35015 Bids
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EDITH KEE NAVAJO STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
EDITH KEE NAVAJO STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE BELT BUCKLE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$32015 Bids
Mark Yazzie Navajo Lone Mountain Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Apr 21, 10:00 AM MDT
Mark Yazzie Navajo Lone Mountain Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $600- $1,000
$50015 Bids
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NAVAJO THIRD PHASE CHIEF'S BLANKET
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
NAVAJO THIRD PHASE CHIEF'S BLANKET
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$46015 Bids
Mark Yazzie Navajo Royston Turquoise large Freeform Gem Grade Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
Apr 21, 10:00 AM MDT
Mark Yazzie Navajo Royston Turquoise large Freeform Gem Grade Turquoise Cuff Bracelet
by Billy The Kid Auction House
Est: $1,000- $2,400
$55015 Bids
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PRESTON MONONGYE HOPI STERLING SILVER INLAY TUFA CAST CUFF
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
PRESTON MONONGYE HOPI STERLING SILVER INLAY TUFA CAST CUFF
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$50015 Bids
A Native American Pre Historic Anasazi Olla
Apr 28, 11:00 AM MST
A Native American Pre Historic Anasazi Olla
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $1,000- $4,000
$41014 Bids
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NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER KINGMAN SPIDERWEB TURQUOISE CONCHO BELT
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
NATIVE AMERICAN STERLING SILVER KINGMAN SPIDERWEB TURQUOISE CONCHO BELT
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$50014 Bids
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V. NEZ NAVAJO STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
V. NEZ NAVAJO STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE SQUASH BLOSSOM NECKLACE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$26014 Bids
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THOMAS SINGER NAVAJO STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE & JET PENDANT NECKLACE
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
THOMAS SINGER NAVAJO STERLING SILVER TURQUOISE & JET PENDANT NECKLACE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$38014 Bids
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JAMES AYERS NATIVE PORTRAIT OIL ON CANVAS
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
JAMES AYERS NATIVE PORTRAIT OIL ON CANVAS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$54014 Bids

Sellers Who Sell American Indian Art


Billy The Kid Auction House

Billy The Kid Auction House

Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC

Grant Zahajko Auctions, LLC