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Additional Information Page

The following page was created to provide our customers with additional information about Native American Art. Also included are some of the additional information items we had referenced on the old version of our site.
And don't forget the one and only, awesome, amazing Indian Symbols Page!
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Zuni Fetishes

Zuni Fetishes are an animal, bird or figure hand carved from stone, shell, antler, wood or other natural materials. Zuni Fetishes were first carved as "hunting" fetishes. When taken on a hunting expedition they would ensure a plentiful and successful hunt. Each fetish is believed to have a spirit within. If treated and taken care of properly Zuni fetishes will help guide you on the right path of life. When you purchase or are given a Zuni fetish it is your responsibility to care for and treat it with the proper respect it deserves. 
What is a Zuni Fetish? 
Follow this link to learn/read more about Fetishes and Their Characteristics 
Follow this link to learn/read more about Minerals and Their Metaphysical Properties 
Follow this link to learn/read more about our Fetish Bags

Pueblo Pottery

Pottery is one of the oldest art forms in the Native American culture. It developed out of necessity for the use of cooking, storage and water vessels. When the great civilizations such as Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon and Canyon de Chelly were thriving, pottery techniques excelled. The Native American was no longer nomadic and being settled in one area for years or a life time gave them the opportunity to perfect this skill. The pueblo potters of today use the same styles, skills and technique as their ancestors. 
Follow this link to read/learn more about our Pueblo Pottery 
Follow this link to read/learn more about "The Wedding Vase" 
Follow this link to read/learn more about "The Pueblo Storyteller"

Navajo Pottery

Traditional Navajo pottery was originally a cruder form of work than pueblo wares, fairly thick in appearance, with little or no design and covered with a pine pitch making it utilitarian. This enabled the piece to hold water or to use in cooking. Navajo pottery designs have changed dramatically over the last few decades. All Navajo pottery we sell is individually handmade, but unlike the pueblo pottery, many pieces are thrown on a wheel or start out as greenware rather than using the standard pueblo coil method. 
Follow this link to read/learn more about our Navajo Pottery 
Follow this link to read/learn more about "The Wedding Vase"

Beadwork

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. 
Follow this link to read/learn more about our Beadwork 
Follow this link to shop/learn/read more about our Fetish Bags. Information at bottom of page.

Baskets

Native American baskets were one of the earliest art forms made by prehistoric Indians. They were made as utilitarian pieces for storage, holding water and even cooking. Basket making is an ancient craft. Basket making preceded pottery making, so baskets that were used for cooking were lined with clay, and water vessels were covered with pine pitch.  
Baskets. 
Follow this link to learn/read more about our Baskets. Information at bottom of page.

Jewelry

We have a tasteful selection of Indian jewelry for you to choose from. Each item is a hand made one of a kind piece. If we ever feature items that look similar, being handmade, there will always be slight differences. No two items are ever identical. Currently, we offer only Indian jewelry which does not require actually trying it on to know if it fits. We don't want anyone disappointed with a bracelet or ring that is too small or too large. Our necklaces should work well for anyone. Each necklace shown will have length printed next to it. We also carry belt buckles, earrings, and bolos. All of our work is set in sterling silver. Each tribe has their own style or technique that is traditional, however, today as with every craft, they all tend to borrow ideas and designs from each other! 
Follow this link to learn/read more about our Jewelry 
Follow this link to learn/read more about Minerals and Their Metaphysical Properties

Kachinas/Folk Art

Just the mere word "Kachina" conjures up vivid images of masked figures dancing and chanting on ancient mesas. Well it should, because that is part of what a Kachina does. A Kachina is a God to the Hopi and Pueblo tribes. The Hopi have over 300 different Kachinas which are part of their daily culture. 
Follow this link to learn/read more about our Kachinas and Folk Art. Information is at the end of the page.
 

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