Thousands of years before America was “discovered,” Native Americans were creating objects for everyday use that would one day be considered art. Perhaps the earliest of these were arrowheads, baskets, and pottery. Such items were originally intended for use in hunting and storage, respectively, but today they are collected for their fine craftsmanship and beauty.

Some tribes have become renowned for specific types of items. The Navajo, for example, learned wool weaving from the Pueblo peoples in the late 17th century and began making fine blankets and, starting in the late 19th century, rugs. The Hopi, on the other hand, made intricate katsina dolls (also known as kachina dolls) to represent the katsina spirits responsible for bringing rainfall. While katsina dolls were intended in part as educational tools for children, they have become highly coveted outside of the Hopi community.

Even as Native American artwork and craftsmanship have been affected strongly by European conventions and materials in more recent centuries, their own styles and aesthetics have exerted their own influence among Natives and non-Natives alike.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

First American Art

First American Art

The companion website to First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of American Indian Art, which… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Zuni Navajo Turquoise Coral Sterling Silver Ring Lot 256 GramsAntique Authentic Northwest Coast Haida Indian Carved Totem Horn Spoon, NrCheyenne Moccasins Circa 1870Vintage Native American Navajo Heavy Sterling Silver Barrel Bead NecklaceOriginal Navajo Silver Smith Mercury Dime Squash Blossom Necklace Sterling CoinVtg Old Pawn Sterling Silver Lot Navajo Zuni Turquoise Rings Earrings NecklaceVery Best Hvy Navajo 2 1/4" Wide Pilot Mt. Turquoise BraceletMuseum Vtg Old Pawn Zuni Sterling Silver Turquoise Inlay Squash Blossom NecklaceVintage Striking Zuni Mosaic Inlay Knifewing BraceletLate 19th Century Northwest Coast Indian Cedar Wood Shamans Figure - No Reserve!Old Large Navajo Stamped Silver Belt BuckleVtg Old Pawn Sterling Silver Turquoise Navajo Squash Blossom Bead Necklace CharmVintage Zuni Hopi Navajo Turquoise Coral Sterling Silver Pendants Lot 170 GramsVntg Ornate Navajo 3 Squared Blue Gem Turquoise BraceletHand Forged Pewter Inlay Pipe Tomahawk - Sears19g Signed Navajo Mark Chee Sterling Red Mountain Spiderweb Turquoise Ring Sz 10Vntg Hvy Navajo Oval Morenci Mine Turquoise BraceletSioux Moccasins Circa 1880Antique Authentic 19thc American Indian Stone & Wood Pump Drill & Fire StarterCirc1890s Churro Child Chief Navajo Blanket 40x49 American Indian Rug RanchfolksC1925 Churro Klagetoh Navajo Rug 75x52 Native American Indian Blanket RanchfolksAntique Handmade Western Navajo Indian Sterling Silver 45 Beads Beaded NecklaceVery Large Authentic Mississippian Mill Creek Spade From Carroll Co., IllinoisAntique Old Pawn Zuni American Indian Needlepoint Turquoise Sterling Belt BuckleVery Rare Large Early Northwest Coast Kwakiutl Or Tsimshian Twined Basket C1880Navajo Native American Indian Rug Blanket Textile Weaving Wool Crystal Tp StormRare Authentic Hopewell Carved Stone Frog Effigy Pipe Artifact Adams Co. OhioGreat Old Navajo Rug--nr!Vintage John Basch Folk Art Carved & Painted Wood Native American Indian CarvingSioux Moccasins Circa 1880Vintage Zuni Navajo Turquoise Coral Amber Sterling Silver Ring Lot 109 GramsVintage Zuni Hopi Navajo Turquoise Coral Sterling Silver Pendants Lot 79 GramsOld Red Mesa Navajo Rug 58x40 Native American Indian Blanket Navaho RanchfolksVtg Navajo Harry Morgan Sterling Silver King's Manassa Turquoise Cuff BraceletCa1925-35 Dbl Saddle Blanket Navajo Rug American Indian Textile 48x26 RanchfolksVntg Heavy Navajo Handmade Silver Saucer Bead NecklaceVintage Western, Navajo Turquoise & Sterling Christian Cross Pendant CucifixAuthentic Pottery Gray Ware Vase, Deaccessioned From A Ct Museum / Il Origin Native American Indian Ojibwa Iroquois Beads Beadwork Moccasins 1880 - 1890 ?Helen Cordero Cochiti Story Teller Pueblo Pottery Figure Unsigned 1964 To 1970Rare Sioux Beaded Moccasins - Beaded On Bottoms - 1850'sVtg 1950's Old Pawn Double Kachina Sterling Silver Bolo Tie Turquoise Lot PatinaQuality Vintage Navajo ""swirling Turquoise"" Silver NecklaceVintage Hand Carved Inuit Nation Carved Stone Seal Sculpture, Canada Eskimo ArtLarge Solid Authentic Mississippian Owl Effigy Pottery Bottle Pemiscot Co., MoVery Fine Old Northwest Coast Salish Klickitat Child's Indian Basket C1850Very Fine Iroquois Beaded Bag, Circa 1860, Possibly Seneca104g 1930s Navajo Coin Silver Lone Mountain Turquoise Whirling Log Tobacco FlaskVtg Native American Indian Beaded Smoke Tanned Moose Hide Jacket -Vntg Navajo 7 Lone Mt. Mine Turquoise Row BraceletFine Large Old Northwest Coast Tsimshian Tlingit Cedar Totem Pole Casper MatherVery Fine And Unusual Iroquois Beaded Bag, Circa 1860, Possibly SenecaA Fine Iroquois Beaded Bag, Circa 1860, Possibly MohawkOld Navajo Graduated In Size Handmade Silver Bead Necklace5 1/4" Spearpoint - Area Of Agawam , Ma / Arrowhead Authentic Indian ArtifactNavajo Sand Painting Native American Indian Rug Blanket Fine Weave Germantown Native American Indian Iroquois Glass Beads Beadwork Bag Purse PouchAntique Iroquois Glass Beaded Vintage Bag Purse Or Pouch Beaded On Both Sides Native American Concho Belt Navajo Pawn Sterling Silver Tooled 48 Inch 15.5 Oz Antique Native American Beaded Leather Bag - 6" X 4"