Braintan.com – Natural Leather & Tanning Resources
Huge sight on brain tanning with several pages dedicated to tanning methods. Pictures of work from several artists.
Canku Ota (Many Paths) – Craft Articles Archive
A bi-weekly newsletter for youth that celebrates Native America, it’s traditions and cultures. Each issue includes a craft project or article. This link takes you to a listing of past articles. Very nicely done, great detail. Past articles have included:
• Beading Series (8 parts)
• Hairpipe Series (4 parts)
• Quillwork Series (2 parts)
• Feather Series (2 parts)
Hair Pipes in Plains Indian Adornment
Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology – By John C. Ewers
Students of the American Indians and of Western history are familiar with the elaborate breastplates of long, light-colored, tubular beads worn by many prominent Plains Indian men that have been depicted in photographs taken since about 1870. There is a fascinating history to Hairpipes that is told in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Electronic Edition 1996 of John C. Ewers, “Hair Pipes in Plains Indian Adornment”. It gives the history of hairpipes from the beginning before white man came to present time.
History of Shoshone-Bannock Indian Art Web Exhibit!
Online photo galleries showing fine examples of Shoshone-Bannock baskets, beadwork, painted robes, parfleches, eagle bone whistles, fans. Click on thumbnail images for large high resolution images.
Beadwork is the best-known art form of Wind River and Fort Hall Shoshones and Bannocks. It is an enduring tradition, but one that has evolved over time. The beaded items are arranged in a rough chronological order. Oldest examples are shown first. Beadwork Index Page 2 focuses on the transitional floral patterns from 1890-1950, while see the Beadwork Index Page 3 for the modern examples. Click on thumbnails to see larger image and provenance/source.
How to Buy Genuine American Indian Arts & Crafts
Produced in cooperation with the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior
Whether you’re drawn to the beauty of turquoise and silver jewelry or the earth tone colors of Indian pottery, having some knowledge about American Indian arts and crafts can help you get the most for your money. Be aware that some unscrupulous retailers want to take your money in exchange for imitation American Indian arts and crafts.
This website provides buying tips and information on where and how to complain about fraud.
Original articles focusing on materials of the Eastern Woodlands, providing historical and contemporary background, technical instruction and references.
Seminole Patchwork – by Victoria Westermark-Many Bad Horses
In the early 19th century Seminoles wore clothing made from hides or skins similar to that of other Southeast tribes. The first versions of Seminole patchwork, from the late 1800’s to the early 20th century evolved out of necessity. This article chronicles the development of Seminole patchwork from its beginning to present day use.