Native American Crafts
Cree interpretation of the medicine wheel
From ancient times to the present, Native Americans have created baskets. In fact, basket weaving is one of the oldest crafts developed by man.
Native American Indian baskets range from very simple to elaborate and colorful works of art that took great skill to make. This artwork often involves secret techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation among Native American Indian mothers and daughters.
It is not uncommon for a well-crafted basket to contain over one hundred thousand stitches!
One look at the elaborate turquoise bracelets, engraved silver belt buckles and ornate squash blossom necklaces featured in “Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family,” and it’s clear that by bypassing accounting, Mr. Yazzie is giving the Navajo nation a much richer gift. The exhibition until early 2016 shows about 330 pieces of jewelry made by 15 members of the Yazzie family, with a focus on work by Lee and his younger brother Raymond.
Prized for their “down to earth” beauty and spiritual renewal, fetishes have long been an important part of Native American culture.
When a fetish maker prays over his created work, a mystical power is believed to be released which can assist him in finding a solution to his present problems.