American Indian Art and Artifacts

Interest in American Indian Art is on the Rise

What is it about American Indian art that so intrigues us? Is it the timeless lines and sunset colors? A renewed interest in spiritual symbolism? Fascination with this unique part of American history?

Whatever the reason, American Indian motifs have found their way into contemporary jewelry, clothing, and home furnishings markets around the world. Because of this increase in interest, WorthWise American Indian art appraisals are in high demand.

Types of American Indian Art and Artifacts Appraised

WorthWise performs appraisals of American Indian art and artifacts from the 18th century through contemporary works produced today by many different tribes and tribal nations including Apache, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Hopi, Inuit, Navajo, Pima, Plains, Pueblo, Sioux and Zuni.

Types of art and artifacts appraised include:

Artifacts:

bows and arrows, bridles, knives, quivers, saddles, spears, tools, war clubs, etc.

Basketry:

bowls, jars, ollas, trays, tus/water jars, etc.

Clothing:

concho belts, headdresses, moccasins, sashes, shirts, etc.

Jewelry:

beaded, leather, bone, silver and turquoise bracelets, bolas, hair ornaments, necklaces, rings, pendants, etc.

Pottery:

dough bowls, jars, seed pots, ollas, pitchers, plates, wedding vases, storytellers, effigies, etc.

Weavings:

chief’s blankets, rugs, saddle blankets and wall hangings spanning a variety of Navaho outposts and patterns including Burntwater, Chinle, Crystal, Eye Dazzler, Ganado, Storm, Teec Nos Pos, Two Grey Hills, Wide Ruins, Yei, etc.

Other:

fetishes, kachinas, parfleches, pipes, sand paintings, tobacco bags, etc.

Representative Artists Covered in Our American Indian Art Appraisals

• Rosalie and Joe Aguilar
• Darryl Becenti
• Floyd Becenti Jr.
• Calvin Begay
• Crucita “Blue Corn” Calabaza
• Hubert Candelario
• Stella Chavarria
• Helen Cordero
• Popovi Da
• Tony Da
• Ted De Grazia
• Carlos “Sunrise” Dunlap, Jr.
• Effie and Orville Garcia
• Jim Harrison
• Marcus Homer
• Gary Hoskie
• Tommy Jackson
• Wilmer Kaye
• Adrianne Roy Keene
• Lucy Martin Lewis
• Maria Poveka Martinez
• Maria Poveka Martinez and Julian Martinez
• Santana Martinez
• Lois Medina
• Randy Miller
• John Montoya
• Iris Youvella Nampeyo
• Leah Garcia Nampeyo
• Joy “Second Frog Woman – Yellow Flower” Navasie
• Stewart Quandelacy
• Toni Roller
• Russell Sanchez
• Helen Shupla
• Linda Tafoya
• Margaret Maria “Corn Blossom” Tafoya
• Paul Tafoya
• Ray Tafoya
• Sarafina Tafoya
• Dorothy Torivio
• Ray Tracey
• Frank Vacit

 

 

Tip 1

Make sure when purchasing Indian artifacts that they have been legally acquired. The laws regulating the trade of antique or prehistoric objects from federal and private lands, burial sites or made from endangered species are many and complex. Always investigate the provenance of such objects!

Tip 2

Consider purchasing contemporary American Indian art directly from the tribal members who make them wherever possible. Not only does this ensure that the highest level of proceeds return to the tribe, it protects you from purchasing inferior knock offs from both domestic and international manufacturers!


“The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been concealed by the answers.”

~ James Baldwin