Native American Art and Artists Blog

  • Exploring Animal Symbolism in Native American Art

    A guide to animal symbolism to help enhance your understanding and appreciation of American Indian Art and the ways in which artists incorporate reverence, respect, and deep meaning within their artwork.
  • 10 Native American Books to Expand Your Horizons

    Curated books that celebrate and illuminate Native American artists and the original authentic art forms that are distinctive to Native Americans of the Southwest.
  • Squash Blossoms

    The squash blossom necklace is a bold statement piece that represents a storied legacy of jewelry-making by Native Americans of the Southwest.
  • Birds and Feathers

    Native Americans have a deep connection to and respect for the natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art. Because of this importance, many Native artists choose to use bird or feather imagery in their art, pottery, or jewelry. Feathers of all birds, and especially eagles, are an iconic design in Native American jewelry and art.

  • Spring Whimsy

    Spring is here! What a perfect time to celebrate life, growth, and renewal. Native Americans have long given thanks for the gifts of Nature by honoring them through imagery, including corn motifs, squash blossoms, water, animals, and insects. And the Spring equinox is a powerful and energetic time of year that brightens our lives.
  • Stomach Full, Love Full

    “The way through the heart is through the stomach,” the adage goes. This is also a truth in Pueblo cultures, where agricultural staples were crafted into delicious, healthy meals.

  • Storytellers in Words and Clay

    Indigenous storytelling is often oral – stories, songs, chants, and prayers – and suffused with rituals and spiritual nature. It is the oldest form of knowledge transfer from generation to generation. Visual storytelling takes the form of sculptures, pottery, paintings, petroglyphs, and physical movement.

  • Leader’s Profile – Storyteller Esther Martinez (Ohkay Owingeh)

    Esther Martinez (1912 — September 16, 2006) was a linguist and storyteller for the Tewa people of New Mexico. She was given the Tewa name P’oe Tsawa (meaning Blue Water) and was also known by "Ko'oe Esther" and "Aunt Esther."

  • Holiday Gift Guide

    This holiday season, we’ve developed this list to help you find the perfect gift to celebrate American Indian art with everyone on your list.  

  • Pottery Techniques/Styles from Across the Pueblos

    The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico is pottery. Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step of creation completed by hand.

  • Top 4 Favorite Gemstones in Native American Jewelry

    Jewelry has been made and worn in the Southwest since prehistoric times. For thousands of years, Native Southwestern people made mosaic inlay and beads of turquoise, shell, bone, or stone. Today, Native American artists draw upon both traditional and contemporary influences, and their shell, gemstone, and silver jewelry is prized and collected by people around the world.

  • Bird Symbolism In Native American Art

    Native Americans have a deep connection to and respect for the natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art. Eagles ar...


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