Owned and operated by the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, Shumakolowa Native Arts brings you an unsurpassed collection of original, handcrafted works of Native American art. We were founded in 1976 to be a place that truly gathers and showcases work from Pueblo and Southwestern Native artists. We offer traditional and contemporary arts and crafts from award-winning, internationally renowned artists as well as emerging talents, selecting artworks that are valuable for their beauty, craftsmanship and connection to tradition. 

We are the retail arm of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and this connection with a world-class museum and cultural center allows us to offer a level of expertise and breadth of knowledge about Pueblo and Southwestern Native American history, culture and art that is unmatched. In addition, we have an in-depth purchase and certification process and can guarantee that every piece of fine art we offer is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. For more than 35 years, we have developed lasting relationships with artists, dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.

Our name, Shumakolowa, comes from the Zuni word for dragonfly and is pronounced “Shoe-mu-koh-low-wa.” The dragonfly is an important animal for the Pueblo people of New Mexico and other tribes of the Southwest. These special creatures are seen as messengers, speaking to the thunder and clouds to bring moisture and blessings to the people. At Shumakolowa, we believe in the spiritual value of art and its ability to share knowledge and beauty across cultures. We believe that by connecting artists and collectors we are playing a vital role in celebrating and preserving distinctive art forms that are found nowhere else on earth.

Visit Our Store

The Shumakolowa Native Arts gallery is located inside the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in beautiful downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. Experience the beauty of our fine art gallery and discover firsthand our unique collection of handcrafted works of Native American art.

Hours: open 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Contact the Shumakolowa Native Arts gallery at (505) 724-3506

Meet Our Staff

We have an extremely knowledgeable and welcoming staff with more than five decades experience in the Native American arts world. We are honored to share the beauty of Native American art with you, and are more than happy to answer questions about our artists, their work, historical meaning and symbolism. Many of us are practicing artists ourselves, and we have made it a lifelong priority to learn the traditional arts and crafts of our ancestors. Our role as liaison between artist and collector brings us joy and pride, and it is our pleasure to share the beauty and detail of original works of Native American art with both new audiences and experienced collectors.

Our Mission

At Shumakolowa Native Arts our mission is to introduce you to the rich culture and history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico and neighboring tribes through original, authentic works of Native American art. We believe art is a tool for discovery, and you will find handcrafted pieces that are valuable for their beauty, craftsmanship and connection to tradition. Our goal is to serve you, our community, the art world, artists and collectors by being a trusted destination for Native American fine art.

Our Values

Our business is rooted in five values: Quality, Fairness, Respect, Approachability and Authenticity. We proudly share these values with you, our staff, the artists we work with and our business partners because they influence every aspect of our operation. You can shop with confidence knowing that through our commitment to these values we have established ourselves as a trusted destination for fine Native America art.

Quality

At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we offer only the finest works of art from Native American artists. You will find pieces from award-winning artists who are at the top of their field and from emerging artists whose innovative work challenges fixed ideas of what Native American art is. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product, and you can be confident that your purchase is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes, and that it has real and lasting value.

Fairness

For more than 35 years we have developed close relationships with Native American artists who have become part of the Shumakolowa family. We believe it is a privilege to be invited into their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We’ve made it a priority to have a buying process that is fair, positive and beneficial to these artists, and we pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to earn a living practicing their craft.

Respect

Shumakolowa Native Arts is built upon respect. We get to know every artist we purchase from, taking the time to learn about their creation process and the meaning of their works. Out of respect for Native traditions and religion, there are some items that we sell seasonally in store that are not available online. Our emphasis on respect has gained us your respect and the respect of the Native American art world. It means we can offer you works of Native American art with the dignity and pride they deserve.

Approachable

At Shumakolowa Native Arts, you will find a friendly, experienced and knowledgeable staff. We are honored to share the beauty of Native American art and serve as liaisons between you and talented artists. Please contact us with any questionsyou have about Native American culture, history and art. We pride ourselves in providingin-depth and accurate information about artists, their work, historical meaning and symbolism. You can shop with us knowing our staff is accessible and welcoming, placing service first.

Authentic

At Shumakolowa Native Arts, we want you to focus on one thing: choosing a beautiful work of art that speaks to you personally. We guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. Our artists complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage, and our team of experts inspects every product to make sure it is handcrafted using traditional methods. At a time when many commercially-made products are sold as handcrafted Native American art, you can have absolute confidence that your purchase from Shumakolowa Native Arts is an authentic work of Native American art.

 

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