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  1. I'm afraid the information you received was incorrect. This is not Seminole, or Native American. This is a Mexican basket, from the Toluca Valley of central Mexico, made for the tourist trade.
  2. Just in the interest of accuracy, there actually is a "limit" on where the pot came from...if you mean where it was made. Pottery is fired clay, and clay is unique to a specific area, as is the sour...
  3. That would be Rainbow "Yei" not "Yu." The Yei are the holy figures in the Navajo culture/religion. The Navajo are the only tribe that makes this type of sand paintings for the tourist trade. It ...
  4. This is African, a traditional Masai water or milk bottle, from Kenya.
  5. It's a contemporary import from Pakistan, made from palm fiber, with designs supposedly influenced by American Indian baskets. Decorative only, and widely available on line and in gift shops through...
  6. It's an African coiled palm fiber basket, made by the Hausa of Nigeria...dates mid-20th century.
  7. All I can tell you is that it isn't Native American, based on the fact that it has fringe on the sides. Hopefully someone who specializes in tribal rugs from other countries will see it and be able t...
  8. Once you're signed in to CW, there should be an "Add a comment or question" box at the bottom, and below that, a box to check for Email when someone comments. I think the problem may be that the "k...
  9. This is from Nepal. Here's the plain version, without the Buddah: http://tinyurl.com/h5pnytf And a box with the Buddah figure: http://tinyurl.com/jop3ujr According to most of the examples, th...
  10. Not Native American. This basket is Mexican, from the Toluca Valley region of central Mexico. If you want to confirm, see the Burke Museum's on line data base of their collection of Toluca baskets.
  11. All I can tell you is that it definitely isn't Native American. No American Indian basket makers use this particular combination of materials, weaving techniques, colors, and form. The braided handl...
  12. It's actually African, a traditional style of bread basket, from Ethiopia.
  13. No, it resembles some Indian baskets, but this is actually African, from Botswana. It's coiled from palm fiber, and is contemporary. Here's a completed liveauctioneer web page with similar example...
  14. They are illustrated in "Art of the Basket, Traditional Basketry from Around the World" by Bryan Sentance, and a similar one is featured on the front cover. Or a web search for "Hausa Basket" will sh...
  15. It's a coiled palm fiber basket from Africa, made by the Hausa tribe of Nigeria and neighboring Niger.
  16. This is a coiled palm fiber Mexican basket, from the Toluca Valley of central Mexico. Not Native American Indian. It's identified by the weaving technique, where spaces are left between the stit...
  17. The dolls are contemporary items from Peru, called a Chancay burial dolls, patterned after a pre-Columbian design. They are popular souvenir items from Peru. The basket is covered with coco fiber ...
  18. It's African, a traditional beaded panel made by the Yoruba of Nigeria. Here's a completed auction for a similar one on eBay: 141916269859
  19. It's a souvenir owl, most likely from Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico. Acoma potters also make owls, but the way it is painted, and the way the beak is formed, is more characteristic of Zuni owls. Probably ...
  20. These inexpensive souvenir items painted with poster paint were only made by two tribes, the Tesuque and the Jemez, starting in the 1930s. They were the low end of the market, and ignored and dis...
  21. Got carried away with those ( ( ) ) marks, and didn't proofread first! But wanted to get that point across. On any given day, up to 90% of the New Listings on eBay under the Native American Pottery...
  22. That's a pretty broad category, but if you want to start with pottery, the reference I always recommend is "Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni" by Allan Hayes and John Blom. The original edition...
  23. From the buyers' reviews, apparently about 6 years old. (First review was dated October, 2010.)
  24. It's a dhurrie. Advertised simply as "imported," but likely from India or Pakistan. (Or China.) Here's a website where they were sold: http://www.sundancecatalog.com/product/diamondback+dhurr...
  25. Not Native American, since it is woven with fringe on both ends.
  26. Not Native American made, since it is woven with fringe on both ends. Could be a dhurrie, from India.
  27. Not Native American. I think it's Mexican. There were several versions of this style of pottery that appeared in decorator shops, etc., about 10-12 years ago. Colors varied, but all seemed to have ...
  28. It looks like the work of Amado Peña, a "designated artisan" of the Pascua Yaqui tribe of Arizona. He has a very stylized way of depicting faces. Check it compared to this eBay listing: 11184929258...
  29. Those distinctive shaped eyes are called "coffee bean" eyes in the trade, and are usually associated with pre-Columbian pottery from western Mexico. They are also found in a few other world cultures,...
  30. The form is called a "cantir," and it originated in Spain, but is also found in Latin America, and elsewhere where there was a Spanish heritage. There is even a museum dedicated to the pottery ca...
  31. It's a tapa cloth placemat, from the kingdom of Fiji, in the South Pacific, a popular souvenir from the islands. Tapa cloth is made from strips of the paper mulberry tree bark, pounded out thin and...
  32. No, it's African, not Native American. A bundle-coiled palm fiber basket, that resembles some Native American basketry, but is the wrong combination of materials, construction techniques, colors, an...
  33. Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico.
  34. This is a classic shape and design pattern, from Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico. Called either a pottery basket, or a "double spout pitcher," it probably dates circa 1930s. If you'd like a referen...
  35. You're right, they are early 20th century souvenir figurines from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. Here's a very similar frog, sold through Adobe Gallery (one of the most-reputable galleries dealing wit...
  36. The only thing I can tell you, is that it definitely isn't Native American Indian pottery....
  37. Glad to find out that wasn't a break! Everything looks right...I'd say it deserves a far better display presentation, rather than being stuck next to a factory-made Skookum doll. And if it isn'...
  38. Main thing to check for concerning the coiling, is the specific technique, if that can be determined. Yokuts baskets are traditionally "bundle" coiled, where the coil is made up of "bundle" of shor...
  39. Based solely on the photo, I would agree that it does appear to be Yokuts. (Yokuts is a pretty general category, however, and can apply to some 40 related groups in south-central California.) I do...
  40. It's a contemporary souvenir pictorial rug from Egypt. Don't try to read too much of a story from it. The weaver wanted to weave something that would attract a buyer, so put in symbols that she ...
  41. All I can tell you is that it isn't Native American, since it was thrown on a potter's wheel, which Native American potters never used.
  42. This is African, a traditional milk gourd from Kenya. Unlike many beaded ones made for the souvenir/tourist trade, yours has the authenticity of actually having seen tribal use.
  43. This is contemporary studio pottery. Since they were thrown and trimmed on a potter's wheel, that eliminates any traditional Native American pottery, since American Indians never used a potter's whe...
  44. Regardless of where it was purchased, it's a Navajo rug...no other Native American Indian tribe weaves rugs. (Navajo rugs were even sold by mail order catalogs in the early 1900s, so they can be fou...
  45. One of the collectible features of these dolls is that they are all handmade and different...so you are not likely to see two exactly alike. What many have in common are the wire neck bands, the wh...
  46. This is a generally called a kyusu, or Japanese teapot, specifically a yokode kyusu, a Japanese teapot with a side handle, used for brewing green tea. The design for the side handle was adapted ...
  47. This is a beaded Ndebele doll, from South Africa. Originally, larger dolls like this were made as fertility figures, but now the dolls are made in all sizes, for sale, and making them is a much-neede...
  48. "I know that some of these people would also say that they are Native American, despite the legal definitions." Exactly why the law was enacted. The federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 is a...
  49. It isn't Native American. The OP thought it "appears to be Native American," but it is actually Shipibo. There are several sub-groups of the Shipibo, living in the Amazon rainforest of Peru, Ecuador...
  50. It's Shipibo, from the Amazon region of Peru. Although they have made plain, undecorated utilitarian pottery for years, this type of decorated ware, made for the collector and souvenir market, was fi...
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