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Southern Indian Art

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Southern Indian Art

At Cheryl's Trading Post, as well as carrying local Native art, we have art from southern Native tribes - turquoise jewelry from Arizona and New Mexico, peyote art from the Huichol who live high in the Sierra Madres mountains of Mexico, Alebrijes (whimsical creatures) and hand woven rugs from Zapotecs of Oaxaca, textile from the Mayan and Inca of Mexico, and Central and south America, molas from the Kuna of Panama, and vision art from the Shipibo of the Peruvian Amazon.

Northwest Coast Native Crests

Northwest Coast Native Crests

Traditionally, Northwest Coast Native crests represents clans. Chiefs and clan members carve and paint their crest symbols on houses, canoes, clothing, boxes and utensils. A Chief may posses many different crests. A Crest is usually a supernatural being or the supernatural aspect of an animal. Crests, along with songs, stories, dances and other property were acquired by humans during supernatural experiences, and were then handed down to their descendants. During early times, humans, animals and other beings transformed into one another. Today, crests also have more contemporary meanings.

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