Today’s Artsy Fartsy is going to be a little different. We were asked by a good friend of ours, to help him sell his extensive collection of old antique Native American bead work. These items are incredibly beautiful, so I wanted to share it with everyone. All these bags are from the Nez Perce tribe and were created in the early 1900’s. It’s amazing to me these pieces are still around and in great condition 100 years later. Since I do bead work, I can really appreciate the work and time that is involved. Not to mention the beads that were used on these bags. They are very old and extremely hard, if not impossible to find now. Believe me, I look for them. The interesting thing about the old Native bead work, is they had no problem trading it. They looked at it as something that could be easily replaced. Plus once the Native American’s were pushed onto the reservations, they had time on their hands they never had before. They couldn’t hunt or gather food, tan hides, or any number of other chores they had. The bead work was a great way for artistic expression, and to create something beautiful. It’s such a privilege to be able to share these beautiful pieces of history with everyone. This is about half the bags that are in the collection. If you would like more information on purchasing any of the items here, or would like to see more, please email me. I have put all these items, and much more on my Desert Raven Art site to begin selling them.