September 24th, 2011

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Understanding Native American Art

I found some interesting videos on YouTube in which a Diné (Navajo) artist describes how to spot fake vs. authentic Native American art and some of its important symbols.

Personally, I prefer to buy direct from the artists, at stores/galleries owned by them or largely catering to them, or at powwows, as much as possible.  Any farther and it gets hard to tell the source.  These days, there are some excellent collectives run by artists, either specializing in a particular art/culture (such as Alaskan stone sculptures) or intertribal and diverse media.