Tribally Owned Cultural Center & Museum Shops
If you’re looking for distinctive gifts for the holiday season and beyond, you’ll find a treasure trove of unique and often hand-crafted items at tribally owned museums and cultural centers around the country. Below are just a few of of our favorite items on sale now. (Please note, because many of these items are one-of-a-kind, AIANTA makes no promise they’ll still be available when you’re ready to shop. But feel free to click the links below each item to search all these online stores at your leisure.)
These adorable 4″ tumbled Italian marble squares are exclusive to the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Store and come in a choice of themes: Seminole Patchwork, Baskets or Seminole Dolls. Made in the USA..
Ah-Tah-Thi Ki Museum Store
Acacia Wood Bowls
Each acacia bowl is hand painted by Kodiak artist Sandee Drabek and features local flora and fauna. Bowls come with salad servers painted to match.
Alutiiq Museum Store
Mohican Nation Library / Museum T-Shirts
Pick up this colorful t-shirt, available in a variety of colors, featuring the iconic wik-wam (wigwam) located on the grounds of the Arvid E. Miller Library/Museum.
Arvid E. Miller Library/Museum Gift Shop
The Catawba never used wheels, paints or slip-poured methods for their pottery. They were all done by hand with pipe or pan clay or a mixture of the two and fired in outdoor firing pits or fire places. This heritage piece by Catawba potter Eric Canty was created using those time-honored traditions.
Catawba Cultural Preservation Project
Sweetgrass Moccasins Ornament
These beautiful, handwoven, sweetgrass moccasins are a must for your holiday collection.
Citizen Potawatomi Gift Shop
Beaded Coin Purse
These beaded coin purses are produced by artisans from Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, considered to be among the finest producers of beadwork in North America,
Donzia Gift Shop
Night Horse Note Card
Dustin Twist (Oglala Sioux), a modern conceptual artist, has created notecards inspired by the Fairburn Agate, and the natural patterns found within the South Dakota’s state gemstone. Each card features hand-drawn tribute to the landscapes, skies, wild life, culture, spirit and history of the Great Plains of the West.
The Heritage Center (Red Cloud Indian School)
Canned Sockeye Salmon
This private label canned sockeye salmon is shipped directly from Icy Strait Point in Hoonah, Alaska.
Icy Strait Point Cannery Museum
This quilting doll is crafted with violet mink fur.
Ilanka Cultural Center
Red Plains Pipe with Beaded Pipe Bag
The small red plains pipe bowl is about 4 inches long and 2-3 inches high with a 12 inch pine or cedar stem. Choose from a pre-selected design or have one custom-made.
“Keepers” Gift Shop
Ethnobotany Project: Contemporary Uses of Native Plants
The Ethnobotany Project documents the contemporary uses of native plants of profound importance to the intellectual, spiritual and cultural vitality of California Indian people, from the Chumash territories to the Paipai and Kiliwa territories in Baja California.
Birch Bark Ornament Trio
This ornaments trio, handmade by Nancy Foster (Mille Lacs Ojibwe), includes a miniature canoe, tipi and a basket
Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post
“Cherokee Syllabary” Scarf
This “Cherokee Syllabary” Scarf has the entire Cherokee alphabet written on it. Sequoyah’s syllabary uses 85 symbols to represent all the sounds in the Cherokee language. 100% silk.
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
Birch Bark Picture Frame
Showcase your loved ones in this three-panel, 4 x 6 birch bark picture frame created by Native artist Stephan McClellan.
Make Sassafrass tea at home with these individually packaged bundles.
Seminole Nation Museum
Soapstone Shawl Dancer
Soapstone woman shawl dancer with a butterfly carved on back of her arm designed by artist Tom Huff..
Seneca Iroquois National Museum Gift Shop
Handmade hide drum with formline hummingbird and flower design by Alutiiq/Tlingit artist Aaron Phillips.
Sealaska Heritage Institute
These custom-designed lanyards feature the Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center ribbonwork design logo.
Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center
Pueblo Pottery Mugs
To commemorate the opening of the Starbucks at Avanyu Plaza in Albuquerque, New Mexico–the first Native American-owned Starbucks–Shumakolowa celebrated by commissioning Pueblo artisans to design Starbucks-style clay mugs. The series was so popular, a second and a third series have now been commissioned. (Pictured: Designed by Hubert Candelario, Pueblo of San Felipe.)
“In Honor of Our People” Custom Blanket
The People’s Center staff collaborated with Native-owned Eighth Generation to design this blanket representing the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d’Oreille Tribes.
Sqelixw-Aqlsmaknik (The People’s Center)
Coyote Was Going There
This collection of 116 traditional American Indian stories from Oregon Tribes also includes songs, prayers, calendrical information, personal memoirs and peace treaty speeches.
Tamástslikt Cultural Institute
Whle there are many incredible Native-owned art markets, galleries and other shops around the country, the suggestions above are pulled strictly from onlie shiops of tribally-owned museums and cultural centers around the U.S..
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