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American Indian Art Auctions: Beadwork


The artworks made by the American Indian incorporate numerous varieties of arts and crafts. The diversity of the American Indian art ranges from the traditional beadwork, pottery and other conventional Native American art to the fine paintings, sculptures, photography and other sophisticated works. And because of that, there are numerous art auctions, of which are found either online or offline. These art auctions feature almost types of American Indian artworks.

Later on, we will tackle the American Indian artwork that has the most traditional and historical feature, of which, are the beadworks made by the Native Americans. The beadworks made by the native American Indians have rich meanings in terms of symbolisms; these beadworks also are highly decorative and utilitarian.

The process and the beadwork itself is one of the oldest crafts of the Native American Indians. The beadworks are mostly made of stones, bones, shells and other semi precious stones. The some of the beadworks made by the native American Indians that are available these days are made very much the same way as their forefathers had made them. Although few of them are made using today’s modern technology, little has been changed and the process is somewhat the same as the ancient ways.

The most popular American Indian artworks are those made of sea shell materials. These types of beadworks are highly popular. Almost every American Indian beadworks are made from sea shell material, from necklaces to purses to almost everything.

In the old times, the beadworks made by the American Indians were made mostly of the turtle shells and animal horns and hooves. These native American artworks were often used for rattling or tinkling materials that are used for their dances. These artworks were also worn by hunters in a form of necklaces and were mostly made of wolf and bear claws. They serve as trophies of their kills, and serves as a symbol of the hunter’s expertise. While some of the American Indian beadworks are made of steamed bones and seeds. They were often used for stringing and are mostly blended into various forms.

Because of their ever increasing popularity, oriental factories has been replicating, manufacturing and importing beadworks of the Native American Indians. They have been doing it for several decades now. Therefore, has been a competing factor in the beadwork industry of the American Indian arts. And because of that, the craftsmen in the industry of American Indian art industry are greatly affected, losing a considerable amount of income (millions and millions of dollars) because of the fake native artworks made by these oriental factories.

In terms of string beadworks of the American Indians, they were mostly made of animal sinews that are finely divided and are attached on clothing. Sometimes, sturdy plant fibers were utilized for this reason.

These days, Navajos and some traditional aboriginal American communities still manufacture an ancient type of beadwork that is called the “heishii”. The “heishii” or referred to as “legend necklace” is the most popular type of beadwork, and are used to refer to a legend. Even today, heishii is still used to narrate a legend, with every single bead symbolizing a character.

The craftsmen of today’s American Indian art create designs using the today’s technology, by creating actual beadworks through digital means. Thus, the sophisticated and complex beadworks and its designs can be tested digitally before actually manufacturing the piece. Therefore, adding creative process for the craftsmen.

These American Indian artworks and its components are essential factors of in the field of archaeology. Not only do they survive history, they also provide numerous fascinating tales and stories that most of which are still untold. As a matter of fact, ancient American Indian artworks are found thousands of miles from seas. Of which is an indication of the numerous trade routes and contacts thousands and thousands of years ago by various cultures.

Beadworks crisscross itself through time not just through the history of native American Indians but also in the modern technology of today. The most vital aspect of the American Indian beadwork is the value it represents when it is given among family and friends. Their true meanings are associated with aspirations and essential judgments of a person.


Submitted by:

Patrick Hammond

Patrick Hammond is a writer for http://www.artauction101.com where you can read about explanation on the types of art auctions and some examples.





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