Premium work: The best items from across the North American continent at Home & Away Gallery. On this page, we offer work by award-winning artists in diverse media. A number of our artists have gained recognition at Indian Market in Santa Fe as well as the Heard Museum Indian Market and Fair in Phoenix. These items are collector quality and/or museum quality.
- Baskets, PremiumJeremy Frey Traditional BasketJeremy Frey is known for innovative designs. This basket has a traditional Passamaquoddy look, with important differences, some obvious and some subtle. For example, the gauge of the ash splints is significantly smaller than was used in older baskets. He also added a turned and carved cherry burl disc with beautiful grain to the cover. Notice also, some of the woven braids are cedar, rather than ash. The color difference may not be visible online, but is evident in person. Last, the height of this basket sets it apart from most traditional pieces. In keeping with traditional baskets, Frey used no dyes; all colors on this basket are natural.Size: 14 3/4 in. high x 7 in. diameter$7,750.00
- Baskets, Other, Two-dimensional Art, PremiumSierra Henries Birch Bark CuttingSierra Henries is a young Nipmuck artist living in Maine. Her chosen field of art is designing on birch bark. This extraordinary piece has been painstakingly cut from a sheet of bark, then darkened and adorned with a wood burning tool. The exquisite geometric design required precision and patience over countless hours to achieve, and makes for a beautiful showpiece.The design is pressed between two pieces of framed glass. It is also shown with a cream colored background, which is achieved by placing a board behind the frame, and could be made permanent by the buyer. The back of the birch is shown, with the artists' initials and year of creation.Frame is 10 3/4 in. high x 8 3/4 in. wide.Note: the Nipmuck, or Nipmuc tribe, is recognized by the state of Massachusetts.$1,200.00
- Sculpture, PremiumTim Shay Clans EmergingRead about the artistTim Shay, Penobscot carver from Maine, portrays the Eagle Clan and the Turtle Clan emerging into this world. Both animal and human forms are represented.The pink alabaster is beautifully colored. The negative space surrounding the eagle makes for a dramatic composition. The composition shows well from any angle.11 1/4" High x 12" x 7 1/2$3,600.00
- Sculpture, PremiumRead about the artist...Susie Silook: QavaanguqSusie Silook, one of the most original artists to come out of Alaska, created a major piece based on a dream she had:"I dreamt I was in the bow of a boat with an unidentified man at the helm, and the land in front of us felt like home. We saw movement to the left, front, and I got worried that a whale would overturn the boat. The whale breached, backwards, from our left, and somersaulted over us, entering the water on our left. My heart was pounding like mad!"The man said I had to kill it, and I was vehemently refusing, but he said :"if it offers itself to you, you have to take it. You have to make the sacrificeSo in the end the bowhead is draped over the boat like a big fish."This depiction of the dream includes the whale in two positions simultaneously: morphing from the human head and emerging from the human feet. It includes a second human emerging from the torso and spirit figures painted across the body41 3/4" across; 37 3/8" high, including base$14,000.00
- Necklaces, PremiumTroy Sice Bird NecklaceThis necklace by Zuni artist Troy Sice is simply stunning! The bird is carved from black mother of pearl; it has inlaid turquoise eyes and is strung on a necklace of Peruvian Opal and faceted lapis lazuli beads. The carving is exquisite, and the beads set it off in style. The necklace makes a strong fashion statement!Necklace is 30" long; it can be worn shorter by clipping the sterling silver clasp along different points on the chain. The bird is 4 3/4" wide x 3 1/2" high.$2,000.00
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Joe Pulliam Buffalo Dreamer
A watercolor made on antique ledger paper (1880's) by Lakota artist Joe Pulliam. The paint only partially masks the writing on the ledger; the writing is still evident on close inspection (see the second and third images). Pulliam's work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian and is featured in Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains at the George Gustav Heye Center from March 12 through December 4, 2016.This painting depicts a Buffalo Dreamer. The artist writes:"Leaders of dream societies were sacred men, spiritual interpreters and advisers. Dream societies had special significance for all people. For example, the Buffalo Dreamers were consulted when it was time for the camp to look for buffalo. The Buffalo songs were sung, special prayers offered, and a Buffalo Dance performed by the society members with special head dresses and other ceremonial components.The cross in the painting represents the four elements: wind, fire, earth, and water. The expressionless face is meant to impart a ghost-like appearance to a member of a people whose way of life and culture has been lost forever."The Buffalo Society is known as Tatanka Okolakice.Visible 16 ¾ x 22 ¼’; framed 23 ½” x 29”. The painting is double matted and framed in a dark wood.
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Earl Plummer inlaid silver bracelet with lapis lazuli.
Earl Plummer, winner of the Best of Jewelry award at the 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market, is showing his talent in design as well as workmanship. Read more about the artist here.
This bracelet is inlaid with lapis lazuli with bursts of color including coral, spiny oyster shell, turquoise, and sugillite. It is stunning!
6 1/2" inside circumference, including 1 1/8" opening; 1 1/8" wide, tapering to 7/8"
- Beadwork, PremiumKen Williams: Pink Elk DreamsA stunning bag by Ken Williams, award-winning Senca/Arapaho artist.The design is a whimsical depiction of an elk of varying shades of pink and raspberry, outlined by 14K-infused gold beads. The teardrop beads hanging down across the top are faceted Burmese rubies, separated by 14K metal gold beads and flatter faceted Burmese rubies. The two loops on the sides, holding brass bells, are strung with the flatter faceted Burmese rubies as well.Contemporary faceted beads cover the majority of the bag itself. Vintage beads include the dusty pink ones across the top of the bag, as well as all the large blue and pink beads. The eye of the elk is a faceted pink vintage crystal. The vintage red beads with white centers running horizontally near the top are know as red hearts.The tabs on the bottom are v-shaped, representing elk hooves. All leather is smoked, brain tanned. The artist created pink and red yarn puffs to adorn the side strands of large vintage blue and hexagonal pink beads. The edges of the leather are adorned with vintage pink beads topped with tubular gold beads. An abalone bead adorns the bottom of the wrist strap.The faceted beads sparkle from any direction, making this a wonderful piece of art to behold. The ruby beads add a richness of color that lends a counterpoint to the brighter colors across the bag.The back of the bag is pink trade cloth, and the strap is lined with blue trade cloth. The inside of the bag is lined with patterned cotton cloth.The hexagonal shape of the bag is reminiscent of vintage bags made by the Iroquois, in honor of the artist's father, a member of the Seneca tribe.Bag is 4 3/4" wide x 6 1/4" high. Total height, including strap and tabs is 14".This bag can be opened by releasing the knot at the bottom of the wrist strap. It can be utilized sparingly for very special occasions.$3,200.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumDavid Ruben: Sednas of the SeaSedna is, by most accounts, a female sea goddess. In this masterful carving, David Ruben Piqtoukun turns the legend on its ear by creating a marine being that is both male and female. Carved from light green Brazilian soapstone.The right side of the face, adorned with small dots in a pattern, represents the female side. The stippled tattoos represent female Inuit tattoo decorations of traditional times.17 1/2" high x 17" wide x 6 1/2" deep$25,000.00
- Other, Sculpture, PremiumNelda Schrupp, a Nakota Sioux artist, incorporates sound as well as visual aesthetics in her objects of beauty. This is a hollow-form sterling silver rattle with copper, antler, horsehair and citrine.rattle is 8 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"; 11 1/4" including horsehair$2,495.00
- Sculpture, PremiumRead about the artistTim Shay, Penobscot carver from Maine, has a series of totemic sculptures with geometric designs. This horizontal totem offers not only incised linear and circular forms, but also a bas relief section with rough texture.This sculpture will make a strong statement in any environment.39" Long x 11 1/2" High (including attached base) x 5 1/2" Deep (also including attached base)$4,200.00
- Sculpture, PremiumRead about the artistTim Shay, Penobscot carver from Maine, has a series of totemic sculptures with geometric designs. This granite sculpture lies horizontally on a carved surface (last image in the series).The streamlined arrow-like shape rises dramatically from its point; the straight and circular incisions add a dynamic element.20" Long x 8 3/4" High x 5 1/4" DeepNote the rough granite panel is the back of the sculpture; the bottom is one of the finished sides.$3,200.00
- Sculpture, PremiumA masterful composition carved from granite and marble by Cliff Fragua of Jemez Pueblo. The bear stands over a southwestern landscape of mountains and rivers, which are etched on the surface of the black granite. In the dry southwestern areas of the U.S., feathers from rain forest parrots represent much needed rain.The cover lifts from the sculpture to reveal a felt-lined cubic container.Mr. Fragua is an acclaimed sculptor who was commissioned to create a monumental statue of Pope, the 17th century Pueblo rebellion leader. The statue now stands in the Hall of Governors in Albuquerque, New Mexico.Materials: granite, marble, turquoise, parrot feathers, coral, felt17" high to top of feathers; 12" square$5,800.00
- Sculpture, PremiumCarved from limestone, this sculpture embodies grace. From the texture of the stone to the long, flowing hair, this sculpture is wonderfully evocative.Mr. Fragua is an acclaimed sculptor who was commissioned to create a monumental statue of Pope, the 17th century Pueblo rebellion leader. The statue stands in the Hall of Governors in Albuquerque.19" x 10 1/2" x 2 1/4"$2,800.00
- Necklaces, PremiumMary Tafoya Turquoise Mosaic NecklaceLorenzo and Mary Tafoya create innovative designs in mosaic which set them apart from most other Santo Domingo pueblo artists.This necklace is out of the ordinary in a few regards, aside from its aesthetics. First, Mary Tafoya usually chooses more colors than turquoise and black. While most turquoise used in bead necklaces is stabilized, the turquoise in the cylindrical beads and in the centerpiece medallion is natural turquoise that had been handed down from Mary's parents.Additional materials: stablized turquoise (beads), sterling silver clasp, shell, black jade.26" long; centerpiece medallion is 2 3/4" x 1 3/4"$2,100.00
- Necklaces, PremiumKatelin Plummer Naja NecklaceKatelin Plummer is the oldest child of Earl Plummer. Katelin is already making award-winning jewelry, even as she finishes high school.The naja (horseshoe-shaped symbol) is made from hammered and stamped sheet silver. Each beads in the graduated necklace is painstakingly shaped with hand tools. The natural Sleeping Beauty nugget is set in hand-made silver bezel with a scalloped edge.Medallion is 2 1/2" wide x 3" high (not including bail). Necklace is 25".All together, this necklace is a terrific set!$1,300.00
- Other, PremiumThe surface of Chris Pruitt's sterling silver belt buckle is beautifully textured. Cobble inlay of natural Lone Mountain turquoise and coral completes the top surface.This stunning buckle includes Pruitt's signature side inlay. The coral sandwiched between layers of silver is an exquisite feature.The artist will have a belt cut to size for the buyer. See examples here3" x 1 3/4"$2,500.00
- Bracelets, PremiumWonderful design and inlay work on sterling silver by this young Navajo artist: turquoise, onyx, coral, sugillite and mother of pearl. The designs reflect the artists involvement in the Native American Church. This bracelet won 3rd prize at the Gallup Inter-Tribal in 2004 (ribbon comes with the bracelet).1 1/4 at its widest; fits approximately 6 1/2" wrist$2,350.00
- Other, PremiumRich earth tones define this glass pot, but the Hubbell "turquoise" sets it apart. In the 1930s, the Hubbell Trading post commissioned turquoise-colored glass cabochons from eastern Europe. Jojola has incorporated these cabochons into his glasswork for a blend of the old and the new.Notice how the pot's appearance changes when lit from above in the first two photos; it virtually glows!6 1/2" diameter; 7 3/8" high$5,200.00
- Necklaces, PremiumElizabeth James-Perry ChokerAn exquisite traditional Wampanoag woven choker in stunning deep purple and white colors by artist Elizabeth James Perry. Perry combines the patterns on the individually cut beads to maximum aesthetic effect.This is an orca (killer whale) representation reminiscent of Northwest Coast designs. The dangling pendant, a beautiful piece in itself, represents the orca's dorsal fin.Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes.Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. The shells are cut and drilled into tubular beads. Perry continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them.The wampum section of the necklace is approximately 10" long x 1/2" wide. The pendant is 5/8" wide by 1 1/2" tall. The deerskin can be tied to different lengths, to fit as the wearer wishes.The 5 strands of beads are painstakingly woven, as can be seen in the detail image. The deerskin is smoked and tanned in the traditional way of New England Native Americans.Materials: quahog shells, hand-tanned deerskin, linen.Woven section is 9 1/4" x 1 3/8"; total length including choker and strip is 30". Deerskin strip is knotted behind the neck when worn.$2,200.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumRead about the artist...Palaya Qiatsuq dancing owl.A very striking dancing owl carved by Cape Dorset's Palaya Qiatsuq from green serpentine stone with beautiful veins and inclusions. Owls are a favorite theme for this artist; he is fond of the owls he hears and sees in his community.12 1/2" x 10" x 2 1/4"$2,000.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumRead about the artist...Palaya Qiatsuq dancing owl.A very striking dancing owl with a large wing span carved by Cape Dorset's Palaya Qiatsuq from rich, dark serpentine stone. This sculpture will make a strong statement in any collection.Owls are common in Cape Dorset; Palaya Qiatsuq has an affinity for carving them, particularly in dancing poses. This sculpture is exceptional!22 1/2" x 16 1/2" x 3"$4,000.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumA muskox in the style that only David Ruben Piqtoukun can create. This muskox has been wandering in the tundra, carrying the weight of the world on his massive shoulders, and searching for his true identity.Carved from Brazilian soapstone in rich brown tones, this sculpture has undergone a restoration. Please call for details.Note: this item is not eligible for any discounts.13 1/2" l x 10" h x 5" w$4,500.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumThis is a master work from Temela Okpik, of Kimmirut. The mother, with child in her hood, is preparing a seal for cooking. She has an ulu (all-purpose cutting tool) in her left hand, while a scraper lies in front of her. The seal remains are to her right, and a small platform is in the front of the sculpture. A dog awaits its share nearby.11" w x 9 1/2" d x 3" h$2,400.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumRead about the artist...Palaya Qiatsuq Shaman with HelpersA powerful sculpture by Cape Dorset's Palaya Qiatsuq, depicting a shaman with two helpers. The sculpture is carved primarily from dark green serpentine; one of the shamans is inlaid in a white marble background. Both shaman helpers are mounted on caribou antler posts.Human figure is 11 1/2" h x 10 3/4" w x 6" d; 17" h x 15" w x 13" d with shaman helpers.$5,000.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumBart Hanna is a mature Inuit artist who has hit his stride in the past few years, creating masterful renditions of sea goddesses in beautifully mottled marble. This sea goddess has a horn, perhaps indicating a transformation to/from a narwhal? Beautifully detailed, expressive, and evocative.20" h x 7" x 7"$6,200.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumA caribou transformation mask by one of Canada's top artists. The lips are sealed because sometimes we speak too much when it is better to be silent. A majestic composition carved from a stunning piece of green Brazilian soapstone with ochre and black hues. Inlaid eyes, caribou antler and separate base complete the sculpture.Mask and antler: 22" h x 10 1/2 w x 3 1/2 d"; total dimensions with base: 28" x 10 1/2" x 6"$9,000.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumThis is a weather sculpture: the shaman, with his bird spirit helper, is brewing up a storm, which he will soon start blowing. Carved from Brazilian soapstone with inlaid eyes. The two different eyes represent the human and owl aspects of the shamanic transformation.14" L x 6 3/4"W x 6 1/4"H (including bird)$5,500.00
- Inuit Sculpture, Premium"Kiviuq has latched on to the Fish-whale and has transformed into a part mammal.......for his unexpected voyage...throughout the depths of the underworld and beyond."Carved from Brazilian Soapstone with inlaid eyes17" x 9" x 4"$5,750.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumMatiusi Iyaituk, past president and active member of the Inuit Art Foundation, creates innovative sculptures with a sense of humor. This coloration of the serpentine from which the face was made is quite striking. The horsehair lends a touch of reality. The fishing hook hanging from the area where the man's right hand would be completes the picture.29" high$2,900.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumJust as the Phoenix rose from the ashes, so do we rise from times of difficulty to emerge into a new life. Carved from Brazilian soapstone in rich brown tones, this transformation has a human eye on one side and a bird's eye on the other side.18 x 5 3/4" x 4"$7,500.00
- Sculpture, PremiumKevin Pourier, award-winning Lakota artist, has created a stunning masterwork in this full inlaid horn. The floral designs add a breathtaking dimension to the natural material. The sage package is reminiscent of herbal bundles wrapped in trade cloth.Inlay includes lapis lazuli, mother of pearl (gold and white), and malachite.$9,500.00
- Necklaces, PremiumThis stunning necklace by Kevin Pourier depicts two swallowtail butterflies carved from buffalo horn, inlaid with gold mother of pearl and lapis lazuli.The necklace, whose clasp opens under the bail, is 16" long. An 18" long necklace is available by special order.Butterflies are 4 1/2" h x 2 5/8" w$3,500.00
- Beadwork, PremiumEmil Her Many Horses is an exceptional beadworker and artist. He has won awards for his contemporary interpretations of traditional ceremonies and rituals. This paint kit includes a parfleche-style rawhide container which holds pigments, palettes and painting bones.The artist was inspired by two items he encountered in his positions as curator. The first was a painted parfleche paint kit at the S D Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum in Saint Francis, South Dakota. The second item was a beaded cowhide container with hair still on that he encountered at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, where he is an associate curator. Her Many Horses combined the two concepts into one beautifully designed and executed package that resonates with beauty and tradition.The parfleche is made from dry-scraped rawhide from Wyoming. The pouches are made from brain-tanned deer hide. The hand-dyed wool has a white border reminiscent of saved list cloth that was popular with Indian clothing makers in the 19th century. The six pouches of earth paints represent the colors that were traditionally used in Lakota hide paintings and parfleche containers. The beads include old French seed beads that the artist had saved. Other materials include brass sequins, dyed horse hair, tin cones, turtle shells, and bone "paint brushes" made from cow hip bones. The cloths on which the artwork is displayed were chosen by the artist for their resemblance to traditional cloths that were used from the 19th century on.The parfleche is 11 1/2" long x 8" wide x 7" high. The pouches (filled with pigments) are approximately 3 1/2" x 2"; the turtle shells are approximately 4" x 2 1/2".$5,500.00
- Sculpture, PremiumRead about the artist...Susie Silook: Healing Wings. A very moving theme carved in ivory and wood by famed Alaskan artist Susie Silook."Spirits can use an animal's body to signal to humans. This is a raven with such a spirit indwelling. She is holding a wing. When I was a small child I was traumatized by certain relatives. My sister's grandmother took a wing and brushed me off until I calmed down. She removed all the negativity. That's what this piece is about."Susie SilookThe spirit holds a raven wing in its claws, ready to assist a human in distress. Notice details such as faces carved into the breasts. The wooden wings are based on traditional drawings of raven wings.Ivory, india ink, turquoise, sepele, bloodwood, brass, seal whisker.Tusk is 22" x 1 7/8"; 20" x 20" on stand$9,000.00
- Sculpture, PremiumRead about the artist.Susie Silook, renowned Alaskan artist, created a powerful sculpture from old ivory. Flowers emerge from her left hand and her breasts. Beautiful face, slightly sad; texture in the hair, delicately drilled spinal column. Entwined around her legs is a vine, textured with flowers, that morphs from her right hand. Flower-shaped whalebone base.Ivory is 17" x 1 3/4" w x 1 14" d19" h including base$5,500.00
- Beadwork, Premium"In 1876, Red Bird was born Gertrude Simmons in Greenwood, NE - the same year as the Battle of the Little Big Horn. She was born to a Yankton Dakota mother and a European-American father. Her Dakota name was Zitkala-sa, meaning "Red Bird". She attended the Quaker school for Indians in Wabash, Indiana; Earlham College in Richmond, IN; and a music conservatory in Boston. In 1902 she married Raymond T. Bonnin, also a Dakota, and had a son."I was impressed by her photo and the story of her life. She was a remarkable woman of great accomplishments, professional writing and talent with the violin. Simply beading her portrait is but a small and humble homage. This woman gave twenty-five years by using her intelligence and gift for words in an organized effort to benefit the greater indigenous community. She is a role model and a muse. I admire her. To me she represented a change in indigenous life in how she lost her place in the Dakota world without finding a comfortable place in the white world. And I do understand just a little of how it feels. A woman who came from a warrior society has proved that that in her case the pen is mightier than the sword.""I have beaded the bag to be monochromatic in color. It can be displayed on the wall or worn during a special occasion. Other beaded bags of mine of similar design have been awarded first and second place awards at Northern Plains Indian Art Market Sioux Falls, SD and an honorable mention at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market Phoenix, AZ."Karen BeaverMaterials: white buckskin leather, solid brass beads, brass hawk bells, antique green (watermelon) beads, cloth, and glass seed beads (size 13 charlottes, size 14, size 11 delica white satin and 24k gold beads).Bag is 7" x 5 3/4"; 14" x 7 1/2" including fringe (excludes strap)$1,680.00
- Beadwork, PremiumBeaded bag by Sandra Okuma, Shoshone-Bannock and Luiseno. Antique frame with handsewn bag, # 13 seed beads, black and red wool, native tanned skin, dyed horsehair, hawk bells, crystal.6 1/2" X 14 1/2" (excluding strap)$5,500.00
- Masks, PremiumJohn Kailukiak is an innovative Yup'ik artist whose work is held by the Anchorage Museum of Art as well as by numerous private collectors.This mask is titled "Welcome of Spring with its Blessings", or Uupnirkakirtar. It represents the great relief felt by hunter-gatherers after surviving the long winter. The people's items of sustenance, birds and berries, are returning. The man emerging at the bottom of the mask is offering a prayer for all the people who benefit from the arrival of spring.Materials: Face and figure: white pine; concentric rings: driftwood pine; qaluyat earthen pigment ochre with acrylic mix; beluga sinew; Alaskan ermine fur; linseed oil; ptarmigan feathers.26" x 18 1/2" x 8"$6,000.00
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Earl Plummer Turquoise Wave Ring
Earl Plummer, winner of the Best of Jewelry award at the 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market, is showing his talent in design as well as workmanship. This ring is inlaid with turquoise from the Blue Diamond mine. It is stunning!
Blue Diamond turquoise has not been mined since the 1970's, so it is a precious commodity.Size 11; 1" at widest, tapering to 5/16".
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Susie Silook doll: an exquisite figure carved from a walrus tusk by one of Alaska's top artists. This design is inspired by ancient Bering Strait dolls. Constrained by the shape and size of walrus tusks, many of these dolls were made without arms.
Rather than incising or inscribing surface designs, as was done on the ancient dolls, Silook has carved some of them in relief. The exquisite face is marked by ancient curvilinear designs. The body has a star design and subtle parka details. Note the curvilinear cutout in the whalebone base, which works effectively with the straightness of the tuisk and the geometric patterns on the body.Ivory is 14" x 1 3/4" x 1"Including base, sculpture is 20 1/4" high
- Inuit Wallhangings, PremiumIrene Avaalaaqiaq Wall HangingA beautiful wall hanging by Baker Lake artist Irene Avaalaaqiaq. Centerpiece is a transformation figure, surrounded by owls and sea goddesses. Spirit faces adorn the border.Aavaalaqiaq is a renowned artist with a highly recognizable style. Here applique wall hangings use bright colors in wonderful combinations. The spirit heads around the perimeter are a signature design element of hers.Note that the colors are not as bright in real life as they are in the photos. Please call 207 967-2122 to discuss, if you are interested in this piece.57 1/2 in. high x 38 in. wide$2,600.00
- Baskets, PremiumGabriel Frey Tall PurseGabriel Frey, Passamaquoddy basket maker, has been specializing in utilitarian baskets, similar to those made by his family for many generations. With his latest series of purses and packs, he has created a new category of fancy utilitarian baskets. This rugged large purse/pack is adorned with natural dyes of various shades. The leather is cut away to reveal the woven cover below, in the shape of a Wabanaki double curve. The double curve design is commonly thought to indicate balance.This stunning designer purse is fully lined with supple brown leather, including a large inner pocket to separate contents into two sections. It is a fashionable way to carry your possessions, whether in the city or in the country.15 1/2 in. tall, including leather handle; 8 1/2 in. at its widest point; 4 1/2 in. at its deepest point.
- Baskets, PremiumJeremy Frey Urchin Basket MediumJeremy Frey is one of the top basket makers in the country, having won Best of Show awards at the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market as well as Santa Fe Indian Market. He is a member of the Passamaquoddy tribe of Maine, one of the four tribes of the Wabanaki Alliance.Read about the artist here.The green and black dyes contrast beautifully with the natural colored ash and sweetgrass. Note how the points grow smaller as the basket crests and approaches the cover.Size: 5 1/2" diameter; 4" high, including finial.Materials: brown ash, sweetgrass, dyes.$1,200.00
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Joe Pulliam Strong Heart Society
A watercolor made on antique ledger paper (1879) by Lakota artist Joe Pulliam. The paint only partially masks the writing on the ledger; the writing is still evident on close inspection (see the third image). Pulliam's work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian and is featured in Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains at the George Gustav Heye Center from March 12 through December 4, 2016.This painting depicts a member of the Strong Heart Society. The artist writes:"The purpose of this society was to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually capable of taking care of any emergency that could affect the tribe. Members had to pledge to codes of good moral character including self control of one's actions and emotions, and to always be ready at a moment's notice. Many members of this society as well as other members of the Sioux tribe chose to fight to the death rather than submit to the white man's authority. Those that remained suffered the complete loss of their way of life and witnessed the destruction of the land and animals, thus losing everything that was dear to them."Cante'tinza: Lakota for Brave or Strong Heart Society Dragonfly body: symbolizes the belief held by the Lakota tribe that life and death represent transformations of form, just as dragonflies transform from water nymphs. The cross: the four directions or the four elements (wind, fire, earth, and water)"Visible 17” w x 22 ¼” h; framed 23 ½” x 28”; tThe painting is double matted and framed in a dark wood.
- Baskets, PremiumJeremy Frey web basket with points. This innovative design is everything you would expect from Frey. The inner woven ash basket is surrounded by a web of thicker pointed ash. Beautifully woven black and white shapes on finial.Size: 9" diameter; 13" high, including finial.Materials: brown ash, sweetgrass, dyes.
- Baskets, PremiumJeremy Frey urchin basket with points. The orange areas contrast beautifully with the black as well as the naturally colored areas.Size: 8" diameter; 4 1/2" high, including finial.Materials: brown ash, sweetgrass, dyes.
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumPudlalik Shaa is a very talented artist who is known for his masterful compositions in stone. This composition includes a bear, a bird, a walrus, and a narwhal. Each animal is skilfully portrayed and becomes an integral member of the whole.Material: serpentine, caribou antler9" wide x 8" high x " deep$1,800.00
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Earl Plummer, winner of the Best of Jewelry award at the 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market, is showing his talent in design as well as workmanship. This bracelet is inlaid with turquoise from the Blue Diamond mine. It is stunning!
Blue Diamond turquoise has not been mined since the 1970's, so it is difficult to obtain.
7" inside circumference, including 1" opening; will fit a wrist of approximately 6 3/4" to 7"; 1 1/8" wide, tapering to 7/8"
- Sculpture, PremiumA copper and silver sculpture by artist and metalsmith Amelia Joe-Chandler. The traditional Navajo dwelling form is accompanied by two sheep and a tree that doubles as a handle.This teapot is a gem that exudes charm, culture, and artistry. It comes with a 2nd place ribbon in Sculpture from the Santa Fe Indian Market 2013.Teapot is 3 7/16" diameter x 1 1/2" high. Sculpture is 4" wide by 3" high.$5,000.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumJoe Talirunili, resident of Povungnituk, was known for his rough yet evocative descriptions of boats full of figures, and for owls. This owl, carved from hard, dense basalt is primitive in execution, but full of spirit. It is a fine example of his work.There appears to be some resin on the bottom and side of one of the feet, not generally visible.6" h x 3 1/2" w x 3" D$4,000.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumThis bear by master carver Ashevak Tunnillie was carved from a stunning piece of Markham Bay serpentine. With its great pose and sensitively carved head, turned paws, and interesting starburst on its left side, this bear is nice even when seen from the rear.11 1/2" l x 8 1/2" h x 4 1/2" w$2,600.00
- Inuit Sculpture, PremiumJonas Faber is an Inuit artist from Greenland who currently lives in British Columbia, Canada. He has a very original and recognizable style of carving. He also has a private source of stone: a soapstone quarry he discovered and works himself.When muskoxen face a common threat, they back up against each other in a circle. This sculpture depicts that behavior, in a beautiful green stone with lighter veins throughout.15 1/2" x 14 1/2" x 3"
- Beadwork, PremiumArtist statement:"I make beaded tennis shoes because through the ages Kiowas have always adorned their footwear. Making beaded tennis shoes is simply a continuation of something started long before me: the idea that personal adornment can be an expression of self, of society, of tribe, and of humanity.I understand the immediate appeal of beaded tennis shoes - they are whimsical, fun, and familiar. However, my intention is once the viewer is comfortable, to tell a more complex story of contemporary Indian life with the beaded illustrations. Most of my tennis shoe stories deal with our living history, culture, society and daily life through imagery from a particular dance or custom. In some way then the viewer becomes educated, even if only sub-consciously, to the fact that we, as Native people, exist in the here and now and not as caricatures and stereotypes but as real and multifaceted human beings.The story then of all of the shoes I have made is that of survival from genocide. We, as Kiowas, have lived through a violent, dangerous, awesome, and proud history, and I believe in some way these shoes can stand as testament to our survival not just as people, but also of a material culture that expresses our lives and values as Kiowas in the 21st century. The beaded tennis shoes I make are my hopeful and joyful expression of the continuance of the Kiowa people."Teri Greeves,Kiowa2009These shoes were featured the Fuller Craft Museum's exhibit titled "The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories".11" x 9" x 3 1/2"$10,500.00
- Masks, PremiumA beautiful loon bowl carved from yellow cedar, with a separate base. The mother loon and baby perch on a douglas fir base adorned with mother of pearl dots. Mother is inlaid with red beads around the perimeter and red glass eyes.The top of the loon lifts off to reveal a natural cedar bowl with a whale effigy.Loon is 17 1/2" long x 6" deep x 6" high; 10 1/2" high on stand.Stand is 32" long x 11" deep x 4" high.
- Masks, PremiumBased on an ancient Alutiiq design, the artist has created a contemporary version that takes full advantage of the beautifully grained spalted birch. Goat hair adorns the paddles.Mask: 21" x 21", including paddles; 24" x 27" including hair.$2,400.00