Handcrafted works of Native American art require special care. For more information about proper care and cleaning, please read our Care Guide.
The Southwest is known for the beauty and drama of its landscapes, from red rock canyons and rolling deserts to expansive blue skies and shimmering sunsets. The Native Americans who have lived here for thousands of years have a deep connection to, and respect for, this natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art.
Some of the most common nature-inspired designs and symbols are water, rain, clouds, corn, mountains, and animals. For Native Americans, nature is a gift from the Creator, and in their unique, handcrafted works of art they celebrate this incredible gift.
In the decades just before and after World War II, Hopi silversmiths developed their own sophisticated jewelry technique called overlay, which involves soldering together two pieces of metal. The artist begins by tracing a design onto a sheet of silver, then sawing out the design by hand, a difficult process requiring a high level of skill. The top piece is soldered to another layer of silver, and the bottom layer is oxidized to create a beautiful contrast with the highly polished top layer.
Designs and patterns often incorporate traditional symbols, including sun, water, cornstalks, bear claws, and the kokopelli. The overlay technique creates highly dimensional and detailed jewelry that demonstrates the remarkable craftsmanship of Hopi silversmiths.
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. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. 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 record the place and date of each purchase, and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft.
Every work of handcrafted art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by an artist or buyer. At a time when many commercially made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 40 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.