on our site today!
We get a lot of mail asking us to recommend websites where people can buy authentic American Indian arts and crafts.
There are many imitations of Native American artwork out there, and it can be hard to tell the wheat from the chaff. It doesn't help that most Native American artists don't have websites, whereas every marketer of Chinese-made dreamcatcher knockoffs has at least twenty different URLs trying to sell their stuff.
So if you're looking for arts and crafts that were actually made by Native Americans, either because it's important to you to have the real thing or because you want to support native people with your purchase, here is our directory of American Indian artists whose work is available online. If you have a website of Native American art (traditional, contemporary, or mixed) to add to this list, please let us know. We gladly advertise any individual native artist or native-owned art store here free of charge, provided that all arts and crafts were made by tribally recognized American Indian, Inuit, or First Nations artists.
Thank you for your interest in Native American Indian art!
If you're interested in a particular American Indian art form, please visit one of these picture galleries for background information, history, photographs, and links to Native American artists selling each of these arts and crafts online:
On our main site we do our best to avoid slowing down our page loading with graphics, but this page is about art, so we'd really be remiss in not showing a few representative Native American art pictures. All photos are the property of their respective artists; please visit their sites to see their artwork in more depth.
A good overview of American Indian art history from ancient times to today.
A beautiful coffee-table book of traditional Indian arts and crafts from an intertribal museum collection.
North American Indian Art:
Book by a Cree scholar on contemporary First Nations art.
Commentary by Indian artists on the meaning of the native arts and crafts of the Museum of the American Indian.
Photographs and history of Southwestern Native American artistic traditions.
Lovely photography book showcasing Plains Indian artwork, clothing and culture.
An overview of Northwest Indian art, design and symbolism. Many photographs and sketches.
Photographs and history of Inuit artwork and symbols.
Illustrated textbook about indigenous art of Mexico and Central America.
Here are some other good internet resources for learning about or purchasing Native American art:
US law against passing off fake American Indian crafts as genuine.
About us: This website belongs to Native Languages of the Americas, an dedicated to preserving and promoting endangered Native American languages. We are not artists ourselves, so if you are interested in buying some of the crafts featured on this page, please contact the artists directly. Though we have featured only American Indian art identified with the name and tribal affiliation of each artist, we haven't called the tribal offices to check up on any of them, and we only know a few of them personally. We also don't guarantee any of their products. This is not an exhaustive list of Native American art--if you would like us to add your art site to this page, please with your URL and tribal affiliation. We advertise any individual native artist or native-owned art business here free of charge. We do not link to arts or crafts which are not made by tribally recognized American Indian, Inuit, or First Nations artists, so please do not ask us to. And finally, websites do occasionally expire and change hands, so use your common sense and this general rule of thumb: if the creator of each individual artwork is not identified by name and specific tribe, you are probably not looking at genuine Native American art.
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