Beads and beadwork of Native Americans

Beading is one of the most characteristic and enduring art forms of Native Americans. Unfortunately since the 1960’s it has been imitated in oriental factories and imported very cheaply, almost completely drowning out high quality native beadwork. The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 goes a long way to remedying this, making it a… Read More

Protection of Native American arts and crafts

Native American art is rich in original and instantly recognisable forms, materials, colours and stories. When we think of tribes in their heyday, we conjure up images of teepees decorated with symbolic designs, totem poles, beaded moccasins, patterned pottery, even feather headdresses. The use of such artefacts belongs of course to days gone by, but… Read More