First Nation & Native American Baskets, Jewelry, and Other Arts

All our Native American Artwork is made available through eBay. Some are up for auction, but we are also listing with the Buy It Now price. (Head over; you might find a pleasant bargain using the “make-an-offer” feature on the buy-it-nows! (p.s., We never use hidden reserves.)

Oglala Lakota Paintings on Rabbit Hide.

Featured Artworks

Hopi Silver Overlay Belt Buckle Sterling, Hallmarked $400

This stunning belt buckle is approx 3″ wide and just under 2″ tall (see photos).
The back is stamped “sterling” and has the Sun-face mark of the Artist Hopid
and the artist’s hallmark of two deer-hoof prints.

Hawaiian Kapa (Tapa) Cloth by Artist Verna Kemaile’lauli`ili`i Apio Takashima $125

Ms. Apio-Takashima is a fifth generation kapa maker. Her brother, Solomon Apio does traditional carving. She began practicing at age 58. Her work is on display at Honolulu’s Bishop Museum along side the works of her Grandmother, Kahunaaina, in the Emerson’s collection and in the Auckland Museum.

Hide Painting on Rabbit Skin by Frank Shortey $170

Mr. Shortey (1964-2007) was a born in Ganado, Arizona and was a Lakota/Navajo artist who learned traditional Lakota painting in South Dakota. He is best known for his hide and ledger paintings.

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Basketry and Carving

Tohono Oʼodham Floral Coil basket , $250

Tohono Oʼodham (Papago) Floral design basket. Approx  8 cm tall  12 cm at base x 11.5 on top. This basket is in the coil tradition of Tohono Oʼodham communities. The boxed floral design repeats four times and is clear on both the inner and outer surface. The natural colors are clear,crisp, and well executed.

Lakota Quill-work Bolo tie with matching tips on a braided deer-skin lanyard. Starting Bid $150; Buy it Now $250

Beautiful rectangular bolo in purple, yellow, turquoise, and white quills
with a boarder of purple bead work.
This bolo has matching quill-work “tips” sewn onto the hide above a fringe. Handmade and purchased in Scenic South Dakota. (That’s the name of the town, and also a good description of the surrounding Lakota lands.) Well stitched. Never worn.

Spirit Bison Plaque by Lakota Artist Sam Two Bulls Starting Bid $40 Buy it Now $65

Measures ~4.5″ head to tail and ~ 4″ hump to front foot x ~3/4″ wide. Sam Two Bulls is an Oglala Lakota artist. The piece is handmade and all measurements are approximate. Mr. Two Bulls was born and raised on the Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and is a member of that nation. He attended and graduated from the Institute of American Indian art in Santa Fe and returned to Pine Ridge. His works vary from paintings on canvas to painted figures and jewel boxes, but he focuses on traditional symbolism, often of animals. His style includes a splatter technique that distinguishes it.

Wilhelmina Saufkie Second Mesa Hopi Coil Basket with Koyemsi (Mud Head) Design $1200

Wilhemina Saufkie Coiled Basket
approx 5.25″ tall x 7.75″ across top x 4.5″ at base This coiled basket was executed by Wilhelmina Saufkie and sold at Hopi Arts and Crafts (Second Mesa) in 1988. The colors are clear and crisp on both the inside and outside of basket. A master crafter, Ms.Saufkie has even included the feathers on the heads of the two Koyemsis. Wilhelmina Saufkie has worked in multiple collections and is included in Hopi Basket Weaving: Artistry in Natural Fibers by Helga Teiwes. (I love the piece, have had it for years, and would not be selling it if I didn’t need to raise cash to pay off vet bills.)

Hopi Third Mesa 10-Inch Turtle Plaque: Artist Unknown Starting now $500

This basket is in the polychrome tradition of Hopi’s Third Mesa communities. The central turtle has muted coloration and a raised “3d” weave. The colors are clear and crisp on both the front and the back of the woven wicker plaque, and both sides are fit for display. Buy it now $600

Vintage Lakota Beaded Deerskin Tobacco Pouch. Cord needs replacing Starting Bid $35; Buy it Now $65

4.25″ wide by 5.25″ long excluding fringe.Central Medallion: 2.5 diameter This vintage tobacco pouch was produced for home use on the Pine Ridge Reservation. It was found in the corner of a house and brought to the Museum of the Fur Trade in the Nebraska panhandle and offered for sail.The museum didn’t buy it, but I did.  It’s a beautiful piece produced with love. 

Sold! Aug 22

Erotic Fred Koruh Kokopelli and Kokopelli Mana Fertility Figure $250

This innocent looking cottonwood figure shows Kokopelli and Kokopelli Mana, erotic male and female counterparts. The figure splits in two to expose the genitals that hold the figure together. The 3″ figure stands atop a wooden carving of a Hopi pot (the base) that is stained to resemble the traditional warm rusty-orange color of the pots.

Choctaw Cane Basket by Susan Locke Charlesworth Starting Bid $300 Buy it Now $600.

The style is called a “corn” basket. It is

made from cane and approximately 6.75″ tall x10.25″ wide at the top
(wider in the middle) Ms. Susan Locke Charlesworth, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, has received multiple awards for her basketry, including the Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market award for Basketry (four-time winner) in Indiana, the Five Civilized Tribes Museum in Muscogee OK, and the Choctaw Nation’s Annual Art Show (again, multiple awards). Her work is included in multiple collections including the Herd Museum and the permanent collection of the Choctaw Council House Museum in Tuskahoma OK. $550.

Minature Tohono Oʼodham (Papago) Horsehair weaving of Mice $45

It takes patients and dexterity to create miniature weaving from horsehair. They showcase the worker’s skill. Horsehair weaving is unique to the Tohono O’Odham. Their tiny size and workmanship largely set their value. I have included micrographs of the pieces in the images above. Although the set sold as a cat figure (implying cat and mouse), the looped ears on both and their similar size suggest they are both mice.These two miniatures date from the 1990s to early 2000s and were purchased through Yah-Ta-Hey trading Company. The bodies of the white mouse measures less than 1 cm and the cat is about 1 cm (see the micrographs). Animal figures, such as mice, cats, and turtles are not unique, but are less common than traditional baskets. The price at the time of acquisition 20 years ago was $30. I am seeking $45

The First Nation Arts of North America

See something you like but the price is too steep? Most of our buy-it-now offerings have a make-an-offer option. Why not try for the bargain?

Zuni Inlay Multistone Ring Size 7.25 $40

See something you like? Most of our Buy-it-Now pieces have a Make-an-offer option.

Originally purchased through Yatahey Trading Post (M. Vander Wagen) located just off the Zuni nation.The stones appear to be coral,  turquoise, jet and white shell.

Hide Painting on Rabbit skin by Frank Shortey (Navajo/ Lakota) $175

The hide is in excellent condition, with one hole in the skin near the signature (see picture), a common issue on rabbit skins.  There is also a tiny puncture hole in one leg of the skin where the original price tag was pinned. The leather has some folds and imperfections, as is typical for a hide painting. The artist positioned the roughest parts of the leather in the lower corner, where they create texture below the painted grass. 

Miniature Turtle Mountain Ojibwa willow basket by Brenda Cree ~2.25″ x 4″ $40

This miniature traditional “melon” basket is naturally colored by the choice of willow branches.No dies are used. The name “melon” comes from the shape of the basket which resembles a half melon. The Turtle Mountain Ojibwa are a branch of the Pembena Band of Chippewa (Anishnabe). I love this basket. I purchased it from The Log House in Dunseeth ND in 2005 and have never put it in inventory. I would not normally not part with it, but I need to raise money to pay off the veterinary bills my dog incurred at the end of her life.

Lakota Quill-work Bracelet in Medicine Wheel Colors $40

The colors of the medicine wheel are rendered in dyed quills on this charming bracelet. The four colors, black, white, yellow, and red, symbolize many things, including the four directions; connections to the universe; unity, health, recognition, honor; and the unity of humankind.In this modern technique, the quills overlay a recycled plastic core to which the leather straps are attached, making the piece Earth friendly.  Similar bracelets on other sites now run about $80.

Vintage Lakota Beaded Tie Holder Staring Bid $30. Buy It Now $55

5.5″ wide by 6.75″ high. This vintage tie holder was produced for home use. It was found in the corner of a house and brought to the Museum of the Fur Trade in the Nebraska panhandle and offered for sail. The museum didn’t buy it, but I did. It’s a beautiful piece produced with love for personal use.

Navajo (Hopi?)

Silver Overlay. $45

Hallmarked “J,” but the Hallmark is not an exact match for ones I am familiar with. I believe it to be by a Navajo designer because the Storm Cloud pattern looks reminiscent of a Yei mask. Originally purchased at Yah-Ta-Hey Trading Company (M. Vander Wagen) located just off the Zuni nation. 

Hide Painting on Rabbit Skin by Frank Shortey $200.00

There are some folds and imperfections in the leather, as is typical for a hide painting. The artist positioned the roughest parts of the leather in the lower corner, where they create texture below the painted grass. Frank Shortey’s sought by many collectors, and one of his pieces is cataloged in the National Museum of the American Indian.

Hide Painting on Rabbit Skin by Frank Shortey $175.00

A Story as Sharp as a Knife $120

The Haida have lived off the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska for over 1000 years before contact with Europeans. At the turn of the last century, ethnographer John Swanton recorded the last traditional Haida-speaking storytellers, poets, and historians. Robert Bringhurst worked with these manuscripts, and brings them to life in the English language.

Lakota Beaded Regalia Sash on Deerskin 25.25″ (64 cm) + 5.5″end pieces red, white, and blue beads

he beaded area of this sash is approximately 25.25″ long and 3″ wide.  It has a geometric red and blue
design on a white background. The red and the blue are very shiny, suggesting glass bead-work, uncommon for a sash.  The bead-work is mounted and sewn onto a soft hide backing (probably deer).  Purchased in 2008 in Scenic South Dakota

Beaded Belt Buckle by Mrs. Jumping Eagle, Pine Ridge Lakota Starting Bid: $100; Buy it now: $170

Lakota Beaded Belt Buckle: 3.5″ wide by 2.5″ long. I purchased this beautiful handwork belt buckle directly from the artist, Mrs. Jumping Eagle, at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Its dominant color is  orange, with yellow, red, black highlights and a blue center.  Never worn. 

Zuni Multi Stone Inlay Sterling Silver SOLD

Hallmarked “S. B.” This sterling silver ring features coral, turquoise and jet(?). There is a flaw in the silver, visible in the photos. Originally purchased through the Yah-Ta-Hey Trading Company.

Navajo Sunrise Ring in Turquoise and CZ(?) $170

Hallmarked “A.” This sterling silver ring features a curved flare of silver rays surrounding blue turquoise (sleeping beauty?). Low on the horizon is a cut away circle surrounded by silver; in its center is the heart of the sun, a clear white gem, probably crystal or cubic zirconium, but possibly quartz. $170.

Acho Dene Birch Bark and Quill Work Basket by Adel Klondike

$150

Allie Selestewa crafted beautiful, vibrant baskets in the polychrome tradition favored on Third Mesa. The central purple butterfly has yellow-spotted wings and is surrounded by turquoise, orange, black and white weaving. The colors are bright and vibrant on both the front and the back of the woven wicker plaque, and both sides are fit for display.

Acho Dene Quill work Birch Bark Basket
approx 7 cm tall with lid x 6.5 cm base x 7 cm lid (hand made, all measurements approximate). Original store tag still attached to the basket The Acho Dene are a First Nation of Canada (Native Canadian) with territory in the Northwest Territories. This basket was made by Adele Klondike of the Fort Laird community located near Nahanni National Park in the Southern NWT. A relatively warm enclave, the region has many old stands of birch, which have been traditionally used for basketry together with willow and spruce root. The lid of this basket is decorated with porcupine quills, a material now often gathered from deceased porcupines (road kills). The straps are made from deer hide, another traditional material and often a by-product of sustenance hunting.

Lakota Quill Work Barrette with Hugs and Kisses Design in Red on Purple $50

This barrette measures 3.5 inches x 1.5 inches and has two large pinkish-red quill X’s on either side of a small, central “o.”  The background includes two shades of purple quills and is surrounded by a single row of purple beads.
The quillwork is on deer skin and the assembly is attached to a commercial mounting (plastic and metal), a typical technique on modern pieces.

Lakota Quill Work Barrett with Red White and Blue Chain Design with Beaded Trim. $55

Vintage Lakota Puzzle Bag Starting bid $30. Buy It Now $55

Lakota Beaded Puzzle Bag 3.5″ wide by 5″ long. Made by an artist on the Pine Ridge Lakota Nation, South Dakota. There is no handle.  It is meant to carry something within another purse.  Perfect size for credit  or business cards.

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