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How to Buy Native American Jewelry

People often see stores making the claim of “Authentic Native Jewelry” when you see it on signs and ads. Not just jewelry either, but an array of patterns, dolls, art, and concepts that would bewilder the imagination to think that such a small community could be producing this much material every day of the year. […]

How to Choose Native American Jewelry

In my experience, all jewelry should adhere to three very specific elements: materials used, artistic technique, and quality. There are pieces that have one or two, but so few have all the elements that make for a truly great piece, this is especially true of Native American Jewelry. In my mind, I like to imagine […]

The Tradition of Basket Weaving and Pottery

Pottery and basket weaving aren’t the first things that come to mind when people think of art. What spring forth are usually Renaissance sculptures, Matisse paintings, and independent films. However, these two art forms are much older and more in-depth thank you might think. Art, for the most part, is a way to express individuality […]

Mixing Heishi Beads into Your Wardrobe

For quite some time the Heishi bead style has dominated the American Southwest fashion industry. What makes this style so unique is the shape and material used to create this classic design. If you’re unfamiliar, Heishi beads are typically elongated cylindrical beads made from seashells or coral. This has been a facet of Native American […]

Embody the Spirit of the Warrior

One of my favorite aspects of Native American culture is the concept of the warrior and the attributes that make them great, wisdom as well as strength. People have asked me about Native American symbolism and what my favorite symbols/patterns are. That got me thinking about Native warriors and their beliefs. It’s a bit of […]

Turquoise Style Guide

Turquoise jewelry has a rich history over cultures around the world. Even Cleopatra wore beautiful turquoise and lapis lazuli pieces with gold settings to proudly display her elegance and allure. So how exactly does one go about adding turquoise jewelry into their wardrobe and pulling off the stone with matching outfits? Now the fashion gods […]

Preserving Native American Language

Language is the glue that holds a culture together. Without it, these cultures seem to unravel. This is the threat that many tribes face after centuries of laws geared towards integrating Native American into our culture. These laws were ill-conceived in the late 1800’s and their negative impact continues to ravage Native American culture to […]

Native American Style Guide

Not only has Native American fashion taken the world by storm in 2016, but it’s also being reclaimed by Native American designers as well. This year has been especially beneficial to Native American art and culture, as popular brands have started to embrace, showcase, and acknowledge the cultural backgrounds of the artists that have worked […]

Feather Jewelry to Honor Past Sacrifices of the Choctaw Tribe

Recently one of my favorite jewelry sites put out a press release for their latest collection of feather jewelry. The amazing part about this collection is the story that inspired it. While the Irish were suffering from the Potato Famine, the Choctaw tribe donated a sum of money to the Irish to help them in […]

Turquoise Jewelry: The New Diamond

For quite some time, turquoise has been put down in the fashion industry as a “lesser-stone” and hasn’t made much progress in recent years. However, 2016 has seen the rebirth of this stone. From fashion designers to jeweler artisans, turquoise is becoming the “it-stone” of this year and will most likely continue onto the next […]

Sapulpa High School’s Banning of Native American Moccasins

The recent uproar in Oklahoma at Sapulpa High School’s initial banning of traditional moccasins at graduations, despite their Native American mascot and general background, was washed away when a Native American student, Liseanne Yazzie, demanded that the school allow her to honor her culture and heritage. I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty hypocritical […]

The Monarch Butterfly and What it Means in Native Culture

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Butterflies have always had a whimsical sense of wonder and mysticism to them. Think about, just the mere mention of a butterfly can take you back to your childhood, maybe chasing them in an open field or hoping one just lands on your shoulder so you can get a better view of their wing’s beautiful […]

Something Blue

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe. We’ve all heard the rhyme and it’s definitely cute, so much so that people seem to follow these rules religiously as they get ready to walk down the aisle. I’m not one to break tradition, so if you’re looking for […]

My Time at the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience

Typically an eclectic tribute to cultures, traditions, and art, this year saw a unique emphasis on Native American culture with animated shorts and even a very moving film that illustrates the passing of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The short film won the festival’s Best Documentary category and brought a little cultural awareness to the […]

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