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We get a lot of mail asking us to recommend websites where people can buy authentic American Indian arts and crafts.

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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!

Native American Art Forms

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:

                                   
                          
                          
                          
                 
        

Native American Gifts and Crafts Shops

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.


First Nations arts and crafts shop offers a stunning array of Northwest Coast Indian art including bentwood boxes and silver jewelry in bear, raven, eagle, and killer whale designs.




family crafts store offering hand-made sand paintings, pottery, and gifts.



Nice selection of Native American crafts from a Indian gift store, including beaded leather goods, painted buffalo robes, and traditional Plains lizard and turtle amulets.



-owned store featuring kachinas, basketry, and other Native American art of the Southwest.



Native-owned art store selling Indian jewelry, pottery, and fetish carvings.



California Indian basketry and other native crafts sold by a non-profit Indian cultural center.




Beadwork, carvings, and other American Indian crafts by a Indian artist.



Indian art gallery offering artwork, jewelry, folk art, and home decor by various artists.




Broad selection of Inuit and Native American art from Canada.


Native American Fine Art Studios


-owned online gallery of contemporary Native American art and sculpture from various tribal traditions.
Native American art gallery owned by a woman. Featuring Pacific Northwest fashion labels and fine art.
Collection of fine carvings, prints, and crafts. Proceeds support a non-profit Inuit organization.


Native American Art Books

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     A good overview of American Indian art history from ancient times to today.
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     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.
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     Commentary by Indian artists on the meaning of the native arts and crafts of the Museum of the American Indian.
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     Photographs and history of Southwestern Native American artistic traditions.
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     Lovely photography book showcasing Plains Indian artwork, clothing and culture.
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     An overview of Northwest Indian art, design and symbolism. Many photographs and sketches.
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     Photographs and history of Inuit artwork and symbols.
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     Illustrated textbook about indigenous art of Mexico and Central America.

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Native American Art Links

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.

What constitutes Indian art fraud, and how to report it if you find it.
Addresses of Native American artists who are members of the IACA.
This is a great way to find local tribal artists who don't have websites.
Pictures and descriptions of traditional native art forms,
and photographs and reviews of contemporary Indian artists.
Information about Indian art and crafts of the east coast.
Also includes lesson plans for craft activities like making cornhusk dolls and dreamcatchers.
Extensive online photo exhibits showcasing the art of Native Americans
from many different tribes.
Links to Native Indian art cooperatives, interviews, artist pages, etc.
Article by a author about Native American tribal art in various Indian cultures.
Image and video galleries of traditional Alaskan Indian art.
Online image gallery of Southwest Indian petroglyphs and cave art.
Images of Navajo, Hopi and Zuni symbolic art motifs and explanation of their meanings.
Orrin contributed to this larger directory of Indian crafts, many of which are authentic.
Send us a photograph and we'll put it up online and see if anyone can identify it for you..
View our pages for individual Indian tribes, most of which have artistic information.

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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