Native American Art, also known as American Indian Art, has finally come into recognition in the retail and auction markets. In short, it's the visual art of the aboriginal inhabitants of the Americas, often called American Indians.
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For several hundreds of years, Native Americans have been creating unique art in various forms, including jewelry and pottery. All Native American Art is handcrafted and often made by very skillful people. Some items, like a rug, can take 300-400 hours to make, while pottery can take a few days to complete. The methods used are often very traditional and have been passed down from generation to generation.
The historic Route 66 (east to west across the central part of the United States of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe), with its many trading posts, began selling and trading Native American artifacts in the 1940s and as early as the late nineteenth century. Many artifacts have found their way to avid collectors eager for fresh-to-the-market works.
The materials used by Native Americans are often natural materials from their homeland. There is pretty much no natural medium whatsoever that the American Indian hasn't mastered. Everything from metals and mold to shell and animal hair has been explored.
From a global perspective, in the Contemporary Art world, Native American Art occupies a minimal role. That was until the last few decades. The art form has grown in recent years, and the only strong effort is to exhibit this art in numerous galleries and museums.
Whether you own an authentic pair of moccasins, baskets, pottery, blankets, rugs, jewelry, drums, clothing, masks, or Native American regalia, you can have these items valued by a Value My Stuff specialist who will respond to your inquiry regarding the history and the impressive values from the eighteenth century to contemporary pieces. Follow these easy steps to appraise your Native American Art!
Our expert has a teaching degree and has taught the culture of the Native Americans. After traveling extensively through the Southwest and the New England states and learning about Native American culture, she permanently settled in Colorado. Our expert has her own consulting and valuation business and has consulted at various local auctions in Colorado. She studied at the Ashford Antiques Institute in Canada and continues to gain further knowledge from ongoing studies about the Native Americans and taking ethics and valuation courses through the American Society of Appraisers.