Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Share our excitement about improvements in our site

[We have just redesigned our bracelet offerings to include them all on one page.]

In celebration and in keeping with the Thanksgiving season, we are offering a 20% discount and FREE U.S. shipping for the next 4 days. We will close the 20% discount on Sunday, November 30.

If you want to score some authentic, hand-selected Native American jewelry at 20% off the already low internet prices, visit

today or this weekend. Sooner is better since each piece is one-of-a-kind. When sold, it is no longer available.

Something else to think about:

If you use our free, pay-as-you-like layaway plan, you can lock in the discounted price and pay it off over a period that suits you. Either way, just call us at

1-800-305-0185 (toll-free)

and give us your order over the phone. Nothing is more secure and we can confirm on the phone if the jewelry of your desire is still available.

One more thing:

While we are emphasizing bracelets, the 20% discount applies to all Native American jewelry on our entire Native American jewelry website. When you call us, we can tell you what your discounted price will be before you place your order.

Okay. One more thing.

If you don't live in Florida, we do not add sales tax to your purchase. How you handle any applicable non-Florida tax rates is your business.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Native-PotteryLink Offers More Than 20 New Native American Pottery Nativity Sets For Christmas

Native-PotteryLink has acquired more than 20 Native American pottery Nativity sets depicting and celebrating the birth of Christ.

Online PR News – 10-November-2014 – Fort Myers, Florida – With more and more Christians professing their faith and the approach of Christmas 2014, Native-PotteryLink, the online resource for authentic Native American art and crafts, has acquired a score of new pottery Nativity sets by craftspeople at Jemez Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo and Santa Clara Pueblo.
These superbly crafted works of Christian art are each made by hand with special reverence and will make a proud addition to any Christian celebration of the Nativity. Each Nativity includes at least pottery representations of the Christ child, Mary & Joseph, More extensive Nativity sets include wise men shepherds, beasts of the field and stable and angels. Some are presented in a kiva setting, illustrating the merger of Native and Western beliefs. Native Americans, especially Pueblo Indians from the Southwest have long been Christians, in addition to their Native beliefs, after exposure to the teachings missionary priests that accompanied the Spanish incursion into what are now California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Hence so many communities bearing the names of saints.
Orders received before December 1st can be assured of delivery in time for this Christmas season.
William Waites, co-owner of adds, "In addition, at his time, Native-PotteryLInk is offering extended payments with its free layaway plan. Purchasers may place a hold on the Pueblo pottery items of their choice, including Nativity sets and storytellers, with a modest 10% to 20% down payment, followed by monthly payments in amounts determined by the purchaser. There is no fee or interest."Visit Our Site

Monday, November 10, 2014

On the eve of Veterans Day, we salute all US military vets,

On the eve of Veterans Day, we salute all US military vets, but especially the courageous members of the U S Marine Corps. Navajo Code Talkers, the last of which, Chester Nez, died on June 4, 2014 at his home in Albuquerque, NM. He was 93 years old. 

The Navajo Code Talkers, also later known as Wind Talkers, the title of a fictional movie based on their efforts in World War II, were active in every major campaign in the Pacific Theater.

Between their native language, which was unwritten at the time and heavily dependent on tonality for understanding, and cryptology the Navajo Code Talkers developed for use in battle, the messages sent were never broken by the Japanese. As result, the Code Talkers were able to communicate strategy, commands and results from positions in the midst of battle in the matter not of the customary minutes, but in less than 30 seconds.

Navajo Code Talkers were instrumental and critical in the success of Marine and other US military engagements throughout the Pacific. To be clear, while the Navajo Code Talkers in the US Marines while the most celebrated Code Talkers, they were not the only Native Americans engaged in cryptology on the Allies side in wars. Cherokees, Choctaws, Comanches and Meskwakis also participated in WWI and WWII.

The exploits of the Navajos in the Marine Corps in WWII are the best known and deservedly so. The Japanese had broken previous English-based codes, often with success in battles as a result. These brave Native Americans faced remarkable battlefield dangerous to help the United State prevail in the Pacific. All Americans owe them a massive debt of gratitude. As recognized in a special message from the Marine Corps upon the passing of Chester Nez, the last living Navajo Code Talker, "We mourn his passing but honor and celebrate the indomitable spirit and dedication of those Marines who became known as the Navajo code talkers,"

This tradition of heroic service by Native Americans continues today as Zuni Indians, artists and carvers, head off to fight forest fires every year at the height of the fire season in the West.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Give Your Zuni Fetish Carvings a Place to Feed & Shelter

As traditional as Zuni fetish carvings are, there is a companion tradition that every Zuni fetish collector should engage with: The Zuni Fetish Bowl. 

Usually coated with turquoise or other crushed stone, it contains ground turquoise and corn meal to provide nourishment for the hard-working protective fetishes of Zuni belief.

A small hole in the side wall allows access for the fetishes to enter and exit the fetish bowl. Often other fetish carvings were attached to the circumference wall. now has a new fetish bowl created by Robert Michael Weahkie, scion of the famous Weahkie clan of carvers, which includes Lena Boone, Dinah Gasper, Evalena Boone, Leland Boone, Debra Gasper and Peter Gasper Jr.

Since the price of turquoise has escalated so much, the 5" x 6" size of this Zuni fetish bowl dictated a coating of ground sodalite, similar in color to turquoise, although more intensely blue. (Believers in the powers of gemstone minerals attribute strong healing powers to sodalite.)

Inside the bowl is a mole carved from antler by Robert Michael Weahkie. The mole is considered a protector of threats from the netherworld. Atop the opening of the bowl, suspended by crossed strands of sinew, rests an eagle carved from antler, protector for the heavens. Surrounding the bowl are four more fetish directional protectors, each also carved from antler: mountain lion, bear, badger and wolf.

Robert Michael Weahkie favors antler for his carvings, which also  include altar figures of varying sizes. All of his artistry and other Zuni artists can be seen at

Friday, November 07, 2014

Aboriginals:Art of the First Person Salutes Native American Heritage month

Recognizing the remarkable contributions that Native American artist have made to the entire country's cultural and aesthetic experience, We are happy and proud to celebrate November as

Native American Heritage Month.Native American Heritage Month - About

From the bead work and basketry of the East Coast Tribes to the jewelry and carvings of the Southwest to the masks and rattles of the Pacific Northwest, indigenous Native Americans have enriched our understanding nature, reinforced our faith and provided visual delights that put us more in touch with our inner beings.

In particular, we constantly marvel at the mastery displayed by Zuni fetish carvers, the splendor of Native jewelry, the intricacy of handwoven Indian baskets and the beauty of Pueblo pottery, all of which are now available to collectors online.

We pray that these excellent traditions continue as they are passed to younger generations.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Why us?

We don't blame people for wondering why they should buy from us rather than from one of the other companies that offer Native American art, pottery, carvings and jewelry.

Perhaps this testimonial we received the other day sets the tone for an answer:

"Wonderful folk art.  Great website!  An endless array of gifts for my wife.  What a find.  Thanks again, - C.H.

Then there was this: 

Thank you, Susanne! It is a delight to buy something beautiful, and to have such personalized customer service. - B.D.

Beyond that, here are some other reasons:

We have been at this business since 1979. In thirty-five years, we have had two returns. 

We know almost all of the Native American artists whose work we carry. They are our personal friends.

We are not a big outfit. Just the two of us and we cherry-pick every item we buy.

Because we are so small, we are not required to collect sales tax on any sales from outside of Florida.

We sell authentic Native American-made items. Our membership in the Indian Arts & Crafts Association requires it. Many other merchants are not IACA members. 

We only buy what we like. We don't try to guess what you will like. If you appreciate our taste and integrity, you will be satisfied. If you are not satisfied for any reason, we will refund your purchase price. Period.

We operate from our home so we don't have much overhead to cover when it comes to pricing. We buy at a fair wholesale price, determined by the seller.

We pay cash on the spot so that the seller has the money to buy more supplies or meet personal expenses.

We do NOT deal in consignment where the artist must wait to receive his or her money.

We pay extra to provide a secure order form and a toll-free phone number.

We profoundly want and need your business, but only if you are happy with our products and guarantee.
If you have any questions, ask us
when you call 1-800-305-0135. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Have you noticed...

Have you noticed the commercials and postings about Christmas sales? In September, no less? Almost 3 months before the holiday season?

By early next week, we will be in the home stretch for holiday sales and gift giving suggestions. So, while it is early, we beg your indulgence for a simple reason.

Many people wait until the last minute to acquire decorations for their holiday celebration. Unfortunately, they can find that suddenly it is too late to buy them because they will not arrive in time to be included in the decor scheme. We understand the temptation. History suggests that the closer we get to Christmas, the lower the price will go.

No matter how much we love an object, we all love a bargain. We will even risk missing the opportunity to get something unique - because it is already sold - waiting for "a discount."

Here is our offer at 

We have added a number of new Native American pottery Nativity sets, all splendid celebrations of the birth of Christ, and posted them to our web pages. Each is one-of-a-kind, hand selected from the artists by us for their sensitivity and artistry. Each has been priced at a standard mark-up to cover our costs for travel and online posting. 

For a limited time, now through October 25th, we will discount the listed prices by 25% in order to have the advance notice to ship to you in time for your Christmas decor.

Check them out at

Order the one you want by using our secure, encrypted order form or by calling our toll-free line at 1-800-305-0185. Simply add the term "Joy to the World" to your order form or when you call us. We will subtract 25% from the listed price.

After the offer period ends, the price willbe locked in as listed. So act now and save. 

PS: We also have several new Santa Claus-themed Native American storyteller figures. We give the same terms for those.

PPS: You can even use our free layaway plan to order at the reduced price and take delivery in the next months. You pay 20% when ordering and agree to provide at least one payment each month thereafter, in the amount and at the timing you choose.until the full, discounted amount has been paid.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Hear comes Indian Market...

Here in Santa Fe, the excitement is building. There are gallery openings all over. The usual pre-weekend shows are being staged. The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association had its annual meeting. Sadly, I sensed a feeling of surrender in the pursuit of a reasonable approach to dealing with the ivory. Thursday night is the sneak preview of Market Award winners. Saturday and Sunday the streets around the Plaza will be studded with canopied artists' booths. We have had pre-market visits with most of regular Native American jewelry artists. Saturday, we hope to meet more and new ones. Stay with us: We recognize we have been a little lax in recent postings to this blog. We plan to step up the activity. Thanks for sticking with us.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

A letter in opposition to the proposed ban on ivory sales. ----- Honorable Representative Curt Clawson: This letter is written in opposition to the proposed ivory ban. Please let me tell you why. My wife and I have been working with Native Americans and Native Alaskans for years, buying and selling their artwork. This a form of subsistence for them and often includes carvings of walrus tusk ivory. They acquire the ivory as a by-product of hunting for food. We are concerned that the recently proposed ban on ivory sales, intended to protect African and Asian elephants, will lead to a similar ban on walrus tusk ivory or, at least, widespread confusion discouraging sale of walrus ivory as well. We could accept those conditions if common sense told us the recently proposed ivory ban will achieve its intended goal. On the contrary, with reports from Africa indicating that an elephant is being killed every 15 minutes. An Ivory ban will do too little, too late to have any significant impact on well-intended efforts to stop the slaughter of elephants by African and Asian poachers. Only direct and immediate action at the source can prevent the possible extinction of the elephant. The proposed ban is an act of “feels good” legislation that does not address the problem. It will, however, have an adverse impact on law-abiding antique dealers, collectors, museums, musicians and others who possess legal older objects containing ivory, not mention Native artists who depend on marine ivory carvings as a source of income and sustenance. What is needed is enforcement of existing anti-poaching laws in the country of origin and preservation of habitat. The United States needs to direct funds and effort at the problem in Africa and Asia. The present U.S. emphasis on an ivory ban will divert media attention and resources from the real problem and will provide the false impression that it will save the elephant. It won’t. Extinction of the elephant could occur within the next 10 years if we do nothing on the ground. The ivory ban will not extend the lifetime of the elephant by a single day, while it penalizes countless thousands of Americans who have done nothing wrong. Please, in the economic and social interest of these potential victims, DO NOT support this ban. Thank you. Sincerely, William Ernest Waites 15194 Harbour Isle Drive Fort Myers, FL 33908