Indian Beadwork

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Indian Summer has the perfect location to purchase local Indian beadwork from various Native Americans, as Salt Lake City has a large population of Navajo, Shoshone, Ute, Goshiute and Paiute Indians.   The majority of our work is Shoshone. The Shoshone Bannock Reservation is just two hours away over the border in Idaho and many Shoshone people have made Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas their home. In addition to the Shoshone beadwork, we get Navajo beadwork from locals, and also from families located nearby on the Reservation in the Four Corners Area, a mere four hour drive from Salt Lake City.

We also feature Pueblo beadwork, which we pick up mainly at Zuni Pueblo and Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico. The Ute work we carry is from locals, or from the Ute tribe near Vernal Utah.  We also feature Southern Ute work, which we purchase on our buying trips near Cortez, Colorado. Goshiute  work is either local, or purchased from residents of the Skull Valley Reservation located to the west of us towards the Nevada border.  Occasionally we get some Nez Perce' , Ojibwa and Choctaw beaded items through acquaintances we have met over the years.    Many of our bead work artists  have had their work displayed in museums across the west, featured in national art magazines and have had many local write ups in the Salt Lake Tribune for their work. We purchase only the finest handmade pieces available. 

Most of the  buckskin used with the Indian beadwork we carry is not a commercially tanned hide. It is brain tanned, a tanning process using the brain of the deer which makes the leather very soft. Some buckskin is left white while some is "smoked" and is soft brown in appearance, and carries a heavenly smoked scent.  With authentic handmade beadwork becoming harder and harder to find, we are always pleased to find new artists that continue to carry on the tedious labor of traditional beadwork. 

Some articles have the "peyote" stitch which is a difficult and time consuming style to master. Our medicine pouches, ration bags, medallions, etc. have been made sewing single beads one at a time onto each piece.

Numerous pieces of our Indian beadwork contain cut beads which are facetted and give a shimmery look to the item. All seed beads used are glass beads and many are vintage antique beads which are no longer available for purchase. We are very proud to bring you what we feel is some of the highest quality Indian beadwork available today.

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