Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ten reasons to give your Mom authentic Native American jewelry for Mother’s Day

  1. She’s your Mother. Du-uhh.
  2. Better than a Mother’s Day Card. Are you kidding? What part of reason #1 did you not understand?
  3. Better than candy. Candy rots the teeth. Is that any way to treat your Mother? (Of course, they say chocolate is good for your heart. But, still…).
  4. Better than flowers. Flowers promote allergies. A week later, the flowers are gone; the sneezing lingers on.
  5. Like your Mother, it’s one of a kind. No two pieces of authentic hand-made Native American jewelry are identical.
  6. Like your Mother, Native American jewelry is filled with love. Cherished in the making, almost like a child.
  7. There are so many choices. Earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pins, pendants. There is bound to be something your Mother will wear with pride.
  8. There are so many beautiful materials. Silver, gold, turquoise, coral, shell, lapis, sugilite, malachite, mother of pearl, opal. Colors to match her favorite outfit.
  9. Prices are reasonable, especially considering the artistry, time and care that goes into the making. Even high-end pieces are good value.
  10. She is worth it. See reason #1.

Brought to you in blatant self-interest by the proprietors of

Happy Mother's Day to all.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

African tribal art collection goes to auction

Authentic African tribal art in a collection from a private collector in Ohio, will be offered at Dan Morphy Auctions on May 13-15, 2010, according to the web site,

The collection is comprised of items that were carved in Africa, according to art dealer and appraiser, Oumar Keinde. Keinde stated that the items in the collection are geared mostly for entry level buyers and those who seek African art for purposes of decor They range from between 1950 and the late 2oth century.

For more information , visit

Similar items are available from the collection of susanne and William Waites at Aboriginals: Art of the First Person's online gallery at

Mary Cain, Santa Clara potter passes

We are saddened to learn and report that Mary Cain , famed Santa Clara Pueblo potter, has passed away.

Notice was posted in the Alburquerque Journal on April 23, 2010.

Cain was the grandmother of Tammie Garcia and was part of a long, continuing and distinguished line of Santa Clara potters. She will be missed, but the beauty of work will be with us forever.

We have, from time to time, offered work done by Mary at our pottery link web site. At the present, we have none of her pots in our inventory. Mary was 95 years old.

Friday, April 23, 2010

ArtPark comments on the rise of Australian Aboriginal art

Here's a link to a blog article from ArtPark concerning the growing popularity of Australian aboriginal art,

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Institute of American Indian Arts to host the Spring Homecoming Powwow on May 8, 2010.

This is a periodic blog message by Aboriginals: Art of the First Person on the subject of tribal art. Aboriginals Gallery hosts web sites at Native JewelryLink,com, and

In what has become a tradition, the Spring Homecoming Powwow will be staged at the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) campus in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The public is invited to browse the powwow grounds, visit craft and art booths, and purchase items from Native food vendors. Spectacular Indian dances also will be performed, which are open to viewing by the public. There is no admission charge to attend.

Dancing starts at 11:00 am with the gourd dance, followed at noon by the Grand Entry, which will be repeated at 6:00 pm.

The head man and head lady are Ensley Aquilar and Elizabeth Nevaquaya, respectively, both IAIA students.

The northern drum will be Red Road Crossing. The southern drum will be Zotigh Singers.

If you would like more information, you may call 505-424-2339.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Aboriginals Gallery featured in Fort Myers News-Press

It was a very pleasant surprise when Evelyn Longa contacted us on the phone and said she had been tipped that our online tribal art gallery would be a good subject for her Artful Shopper column.

After a brief telephone conversation, during which we answered Ms. Longa's questions, she said we would be in the following Monday's edition of the (Fort Myers) News-Press. We were excited with anticipation. This kind of editorial coverage has a lot of credibility. While we are proud of what do and have done, that's just us. A third party reference is worth a lot.

Came Monday and there it was. Ms. Longa did a very fine job of reporting. Now we would like to share it with you. Here is a link to the article in the News-Press archives.

There also was a nice photo of Susanne and me, so I have scanned the article and am posting a jpg of it.
Since search engines can read jpg images, I am going to add some links to this text. For more information about our web business(es) visit for African, Arctic and Australian tribal art, for hand-made American Indian jewelry, for authentic Pueblo pottery and for Zuni Indian and other Native American carvings.

We hope you enjoy what you see and will comment with any question you may have.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Detroit Institute of Arts mounts a compelling African art show

This is one in a series of blog messages about tribal art, including African art, presented by Aboriginals: Art of the First Person, proprietors of a web site including African tribal art at

We learned of a new exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts, "
Through African Eyes", from a recent review in the Detroit Free Press. The show opens April 18, 2010.

The reviewer, Mark Stryker, comments on the sensitivity of the curator, Nii Quarcoopome, in presenting the character of African art as it was influenced by Western cultural and European colonialism. We recommend a read of the review to you, which is available by going to and searching for DIA.

He writes, "Check your preconceptions with your coat
. "Through African Eyes" examines the way African artists portrayed Europeans and cultural exchange from 1500 to the present, but the show dispenses with a monolithic view of Africa, noble-savage clichés and the politically correct drumbeat of the evil European "other." "

As lovers of African tribal art ourselves, we regret we will not be able to visit Detroit (my former hometown) to see the show. Fortunately, the Free Press includes a photo gallery displaying some of the most impressive objects. (Click on Photo Gallery).

An example is this: -"Chair with Four Felines (ChiefÕs Throne)." Unknown artist, Fon culture, Republic of Benin, before 1950; Wood. From the collection of Menil Collection
(Detroit Institute of Arts)"

If you are in or near Detroit, be sure to see this show before it closes Sunday, August 8, 2010. If you are unable to get there, check out the Detroit Free Press article and the information at

Aboriginals Gallery also hosts web sites at, featuring Zuni and other Native American carvings,, featuring hand-made Native American jewelry, and, featuring authentic Native American and Pueblo pottery. You are invited to visit one or all of them to learn more about the fascinating world of tribal art.