For centuries Native Americans have been creating unique art forms and carefully passing these forms down from generation to generation. Some of these forms, such as drums, pottery and beaded jewelry are hundreds of years old. Today there are skilled Native American artists who are creating fine art in both traditional and contemporary styles. The Native art community is a vibrant one with hundreds of highly skilled artists who maintain the highest levels of craftsmanship and technical excellence. They honor their ancestors, cultural heritage and the artistic legacies passed down to them, while also pushing the boundaries of what Native American art is.
Authentic Native American artworks are handcrafted and, in many cases, handmade. A handmade Navajo rug can take up to 400 hours to complete, a basket weaver may spend many afternoons along the river gathering willow for baskets, and a potter may spend days making clay from natural materials gathered on the Pueblo. These artists are using the finest materials available and traditional methods that have been lovingly passed down from generation to generation, sometimes for centuries. These pieces should be admired and valued as works of fine art as well as being recognized and valued for their vital role in preserving historic art forms. The Native American artists we partner with are full-time professional artists who are at the top of their field and whose pieces have a premium value in the market. Their work is part of public and private collections around the world and has taken home the highest honors at Native American art shows.
Authentic Native American art can be expensive and this expense is a sign that you are not purchasing imitation manufactured wares. At Shumakolowa Native Arts, 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 team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We work directly with artists or partner with trusted wholesalers who can provide documentation that their artists and artisans are of Native American heritage, and we pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, we stand behind the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer.