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Taking a Deeper Look at Native American Artifacts

When you visit estate liquidators, you often see a wide variety of art. Native American artifacts have always been a popular choice throughout the world because they are intricate and have a rich history. The key is knowing what you are looking for if you are seeking out pieces that are not only popular but also valuable.


This is a popular type of Native American art that goes back to approximately 1890. They are done by a Sioux-Metis artist from either South Dakota or North Dakota. They feature different materials, such as glass, cotton, tanned leather and brass beads. They have intricate sewing and stitching, as well as specific paintings or drawings on them that are specific to the tribe that they are made for.


This piece of art goes back to about 1850, and while it is simple in terms of its looks, it has deep meaning. The artist for this piece of art is Arikara and when you are looking for this art, you usually find it with tribes associated with North Dakota. The materials that are common with this type art typically include native tanned leather, buffalo rawhide and pigment.

Human Effigy Pipe

This piece of art dates all the way back to approximately between 1100 and 1200 and it might also be referred to as the Morningstar or the Hero Redhorn. Tribes associated with Mississippi are usually those who make this type of art. However, you might also see it among tribes in Missouri and Oklahoma.

Pair of Parfleche Envelopes

This intricate and colorful Native American art was common between 1900 and 1910. The artist for this kind of art is common in tribes in South and North Dakota. They are often referred to as Teton Sioux. The materials that are used to create these might include rawhide, glass beads, metal cones, native tanned leather, porcupine quills and horsehair.

Girl’s Belt

There are a wide array of belts, but those associated with the southern Cheyenne tribes in Oklahoma might be as old as having been made in 1884. Multiple materials are usually combined and could include native tanned leather, glass beads, cowrie shells, bone, pigment, wood beads, metal keys, German silver, metal cones, brass beads, deer’s tail, shell and brass gear. These are often made for the person who is receiving it, so you will find that all of the ones that are available usually look different and utilize a different combination of materials.

As you can see, there are many Native American artifacts that you can find at estate liquidators. Consider the pieces listed above as a starting point as you are looking to learn more about this type of art.