Native American Art

  • Raven is revered as a strong mystical, magical animal spirit among many tribes, especially tribes within the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Canada. Raven is known to be a guardian of ceremonial magic and is one of the most powerful totems or symbols of Native American culture. Artist: Guzman Tribe: Yaqui / Cherokee
  • Children are considered a sacred gift from the Creator. Young ones are always included in ceremonial practices. It is not unusual to see small Native children sleeping soundly during Pow Wows and Ceremonies, as the drumming and singing continue throughout the night. Artist: Victor Tribe: Unknown
  • Native Americans refer to the earth as Mother Earth. The earth is a feminine symbol, and Native people consider themselves to be caretakers of the Earth. We must care for her and respect her… love her. Artist: Dirk Tribe: Blackfoot
  • The heartbeat of the drum calls forth ancestors deep inside this young man as he prepares to enter the dance arena. Dancing is considered a religious and cultural practice among all tribes and clans. Artist: Phoenix Tribe: Unknown
  • “I was given the name Little Turtle by a Paiute Elder. This shield represents turtle as my protector and name sake”. Turtles represent a sacred animal sprit to many tribes. Turtle shells are commonly made into rattles for ceremonial purposes. Artist: Steve Tribe: Creek Decendent
  • The buffalo supplied virtually everything that the Plains Indians needed to stay alive; food, clothing, tools, and housing. “I love this land and the buffalo and will not part with it… I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. Artist: Krazy James Tribe: Apache
  • Rainbows are magical symbols known throughout the world for good fortune, joy and renewal. To be touched by a rainbow is a euphoric experience. For many tribes a rainbow is the path that leads to the spirit world. Artist: R.E.R. Tribe: Unknown
  • One of the old Ojibwa traditions was to hang a dream catcher in their homes. They believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher, when hung, moves freely in the air and catches the dreams as they float by. The good dreams know the way and slip through the center hole and slide down off the soft feather so gently the sleeper below sometimes hardly knows he is dreaming. Artist: Bobby Tribe: Turtle Mountain Chippewa
  • Many tribal creation stories tell us that Earth was born on the back of turtle. Since turtle carries its home on its back, it has also been recognized as having the ability to ‘manage’ in difficult circumstances. Artist: Mary Stanton 1965 – 2011 Tribe: Grand Ronde
  • A mountain lion is walking through a forest whose trees have been clearcut by man. The spirits of the surrounding mountains and woods are saddened by the destruction of their land. Community Artist: Pat Sky – Feather Star Woman Tribe: Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
  • Out of stock
    Native tribal legends, stories and ceremonies pay tribute to the salmon as one of the most important natural resources in existence. The salmon is one of the ‘First Foods’ of the Plateau Tribes. It is considered ceremonial food for almost every occasion. Many tribes refer to the salmon as the Ancient Ones. For thousands of years, Native American culture resonated throughout the Mid Columbia Basin as numerous tribes came together peacefully to fish, trade, and socialize. Artist: Robert ‘Bob’ Robideau 1946- 2009 Tribe: Turtle Mountain and White Earth Anishinabe Nation
  • Like real coyotes, mythological coyotes are usually notable for their crafty intelligence, stealth, and voracious appetite. However, American Indian coyote characters vary widely from tribe to tribe. Community Artist: Kaila Farrell-Smith Tribe: Klamath-Modoc