Native Crafts

Hand Made Native American Crafts for Sale

 

Indian Baskets

One of the oldest known Native American Crafts is Basket-weaving. There are Indian baskets from the Southwest that have been identified by archaeologists that go as far back as 8000 years. Different tribes use different materials, basket shapes, weaving techniques, and designs. Baskets from the Northeast Indians, for example, are traditionally made from braided sweet-grass or pounded ash splints. The Cherokee and other Southeast Indian tribes baskets are traditionally made from river-cane wicker or bundled pine needles. The Southwestern Indians traditionally made baskets from tightly coiled willow wood or sumac. The Northwest Indians traditionally wove their Indian baskets with swamp grass, spruce root, and cedar bark. Northern Indian tribes like the Ojibwe and Navajo or Dene' wove their baskets with birch-bark.

Beadwork

Our collection of beadwork features authenticated Native American artists that we can provide verification of authenticity.

Native American Indian beadwork is a very popular item in anyone's collection. Intricately beaded pieces of clothing, moccasins, and ceremonial head dresses are striking, and make a nice addition to any Native American Indian collection. You will love our selection of this popular Native American craft for sale!

Historic pieces of Native American Indian beadwork may be found in museums across the country. These exhibits include fabulous displays of early bead work with beads made from seeds, beans, nuts, shells, bones, teeth, rocks, quills, claws, pearls, turquoise, coral, silver, gold, and other natural items.

Native American Sticks

Talking Sticks

Talking sticks were ceremonial items that were used in Native North American Indian tribe council meetings. They were used as a courtesy not to interrupt a chief when he was speaking. The talking stick was then passed to the each council member who wished to speak. In order to show significance, the talking stick was decorated with eagle feathers and crystals to show its significance.

Today, it is used still by many groups, especially in groups of children or adults who need help preventing discussions from degenerating into loud often times harsh language with everyone interrupting.

Rainstick

The rainstick is a long, hollow tube that is filled with small baubles such as beads, rice, cactus needles, or beans and has small pins arranged helically on its inside surface. When the rainstick is upended, the items inside fall to the other end of the tube and make a sound reminiscent of a rainstorm as they bounce off the pins. These are beautiful, functional Native American crafts that are a great addition to any collection!

Generally, the rainstick is used to create atmospheric sound effects or as a percussion instrument.

The rainstick is considered to have been invented in South America's Chile, and was played in the belief that it could bring about rainstorms.

Turtle Shell Rattle

The turtle shell rattle is used in the Turtle Shell dance as an accompaniment to the singing and to mark the time. In most Native American Indian dances, except for the war dance, the singers are seated in the center of the room, and the dancers pass by them in an arched line. The Turtle Shell dancers strike upon a bench with their turtle shell rattles as they pass by while singing. Sometimes, the striking may be as frequent as three times per second.

Kindred Spirit Masks

Kindred Spirit Mask Native American Indian Masks such as our Kindred Spirit masks have been part of dance regalia and traditional ceremonies in many Indian tribes since ancient times. The most notable of the native mask-makers were the Northwest Coast Indians, who are well known for their carved elaborate cedar dance masks. The most impressive of these masks could be opened at a pivotal point in a story to reveal a second face carved within the first one. The Hopi and other Pueblo Indians carved and painted wooden Kachina masks for their traditional dances. The Iroquois Indians created sacred masks called "false face" masks from wood and cornhusks. The Apache and Navajo make leather masks for dancing, and the Cherokee would handcraft masks from gourds for storytelling. Cherokee mask art has been declining since the forcible removal of the Cherokees to Oklahoma. Because their traditional mask materials were not available, some artists are working to revive the tradition. Northwest and Southwestern mask carving remain a vibrant part of contemporary native culture. These gorgeous masks are among our most intricate Native American crafts for sale.

Today, most American Indian masks are used for decoration, dances, cultural drama, and as Native American crafts for sale. There is an exception which is the Haudenosaunee false faces of the Iroquois, which are only used in internal religious rituals. The Iroquois consider it sacrilegious to sell, mimic, or publicly display a sacred false face mask. They have been petitioning museums to return false faces now in their exhibits. There is also a debate among Haudenosaunee traditionals about the unacceptable sale or display of any false face, or just those that were used in religious ceremonies. The masks used in religious ceremonies are called "live" spirit masks. Some Iroquois carvers carve "non-live" masks that are made for sale, and others disapprove of this. In any belief system, individuals do not always share the same religious interpretations. Although, all Iroquois believe it’s profaning the Iroquois religion to buy or view living masks, including antique Indian masks, or non-native forgeries of Iroquois false face masks.

Our collection of Kindred Spirit Masks includes limited edition Indian warrior masks adhered to a wood base called a wall mount. These impressive wall mounts were created by the Native American artists Black Wolf and Super Moon. The handmade warrior mask wall mounts are decorated with vibrant colored paints, coyote tails, horse mane, feathers, antlers, bison mane, and leather. The piercing eyes make them look lifelike. These Native American Indian kindred spirit masks would be a unique addition to your home decor.

Drums

 

Native American Drums

Tarahumara Indian Drums are Native drums that have been hand crafted using genuine cow hide for heavy covers and lacing and wood slats of yellow pine or cedar. Tarahumara Drums are heavy duty tom tom style drums that are excellent for making a rustic coffee table or western and southwestern end table. Large Drums can be used for drumming while smaller sizes are suited for decorative purposes for home decor making these a very popular Native American craft.

There are many uses for these Tarahumara Drums. The larger, floor-type Native American drums are perfect for using as a piece furniture in your home such as end tables or coffee tables. Due to their size and durability, they are perfect for the rustic western tables or southwest decor. Add to the decor of any room with other Native American accessories such as Native American Southwest rugs or Native American Indian pottery as well as other Native drum tables.

Powwow Drum

Most people would say that you cannot have a Powwow without a drum because it carries the heartbeat of the Indian nation. The powwow drum or drum also carries the heartbeat of Mother Earth, and calls the spirits and nations together.

The Powwow drum has a large base covered with some type of hide. Eight or more men form a circle around the drum and strike it in unison with covered mallets.

The men blend their voices with the beating of the Powwow Drum to create a song in the Indian language of the powwow drum members. The drum members and the lead singer must be able to sing and play any song that is requested by the master of ceremonies or the arena director for any given event.

Native American Art for Sale

Native American Art includes Indian Baskets, Navajo Rugs, and some gorgeous Paintings & Sculptures but these astounding items are just a hint of the Southwestern Native American Art movement. Relax in a den decorated with warm, handcrafted Native American Art pieces and embrace the history of the Southwest!

Native Americans have been handcrafting jewelry since they first drew inspiration from their natural surroundings and transformed shell and stone into wearable jewelry. Some of the oldest discovered pieces date from over 10,000 years ago. The skilled artisans at Alltribes continue the age-old tradition and create captivating works of art that will surpass your expectations!

Alltribes is one of the rare workshops that you can actually come in and visit, and see Native Americans creating extraordinary pieces of jewelry. We are conveniently located near Scottsdale, Mesa and Phoenix, AZ in the historic town of Gilbert. Alltribes Native American Art and Jewelry blends ancient history, natural beauty, and unparalleled expertise flawlessly.

Our Jewelry

The design and quality of our Silver and Turquoise jewelry are unmatched and stand far above the rest. Turquoise conveys a special meaning as it has for centuries and in populations across the globe. Turquoise signifies healing, spirit and good fortune. The masterful techniques, our artisans incorporate this semi-precious stone into beautiful and intricate designs, draws customers from around the world.

You can own a piece of Native American artistry without spending a fortune. Alltribes provides deep discounts because we don't purchase our jewelry elsewhere. Our in-house artists and silversmiths create custom pieces without the extra expenses of middlemen, shipping and tariffs.

Our Local History

Gilbert, AZ provides the ideal location for crafting our Native American jewelry. The Navajo and Hopi Indian tribes have inhabited nearby lands for many thousands of years. Their eternal respect for natural beauty and their innate talent shines through in every handcrafted piece of jewelry.

Our dazzling, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise comes from a nearby mine in Globe, AZ. This unique and exceedingly rare turquoise is renowned for its hardness, durability, and gorgeous color. Our artisans preserve the natural beauty of this precious stone, so you can admire its elegance for years to come. A hand buffed polish protects the stones and heightens its natural beauty.

Our Tradition

In addition to Native American jewelry, Alltribes upholds the ancient traditions of Native Americans by offering more than remarkable jewelry. You can also own Hopi Kachina dolls, pueblo pottery, hand-dyed leather belts, dreamcatchers, tomahawks and other Southwestern and Native American artifacts, to beautify your home and your life. It is our pleasure, to help spread knowledge about the Native American culture to the general public.

As part of our continuing effort to inform and inspire, we offer a vast array of in-depth knowledge for those who want to learn more about Native Americans and the Southwest. Our online knowledge center is free for all and includes some of the most interesting and complete information available online.

Alltribes has been serving our valued customers for over 50 years, so you can rest assured that when you have a question or concern, we'll be right here, ready to help. When you purchase something online today, you never know if the company will still be there, next week or next month.

Alltribes' reputation and longstanding experience ensure you get more than just jewelry – you get a wealth of seasoned knowledge and exceptional service…..that you can count on! We consider our customers to be part of our extended family and we're proud to say that our family now spans continents. We'd love to have you join us!

In addition to our local Native American products, we offer distinguished wares, sourced from Native American tribes across the U.S. Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and other Native American artists provide one-of-a-kind items that we proudly offer to you, at direct to you prices!

Alltribes is much more than just a manufacturer, store and knowledge center. We keep a jewelry workshop on site. If you want a custom design, our silversmiths will work with you to turn your dream into reality. Have an idea for something new? Talk with our artisans and discuss how to bring it to fruition. And should your beloved jewelry ever need to be repaired, we help with that, too.

Whether you're a Native American enthusiast, a collector, a designer or simply someone who loves beauty, Alltribes showcases a diverse collection of superior artifacts, sure to satisfy even the most selective customer.