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Some American Indian goods available for sale are not crafts per se, but rather traditional plant and animal products--native herbs and spices like sage, tobacco, and
sweetgrass, foods like wild rice and tea, traditional plant-based dyes and paints, and animal parts like tanned buckskin, feathers, and elk's teeth. All of
these items have been traditional to native North America since ancient times, and many were first introduced to Europeans by the Indians. However,
unlike all of the other arts and crafts featured on our site, there is no inherent difference between plant and animal products gathered by Indians and
by non-Indians. A feather is just as well-made regardless of who plucked it. Nonetheless, if you prefer to buy herbs and other natural products from
Native Americans--either because it's important to you to have the real thing or because you want to support native people with your purchase--then
here is our list of American Indian stores whose herbs are available online. If you have a website of Indian herbs, feathers, or traditional
medicine to add to this list, let us know where to find it.
We gladly advertise any native artist or native-owned art business here free of charge.
Thank you for your interest in Native American crafts!
Ancient Ways Medicine Bundles|
Sweetgrass, sage, cedar, tobacco, and bitterroot from the Wind River Reservation (Shoshone-Arapaho).
Red Fox Sacred Herbs|
Sweetgrass braids, white sage, and flat cedar for sale from a Vermont Abenaki gift shop.
Native Wild Organic Remedies|
Alaska Native-owned store selling sage smudge sticks, healing oils, and hand-made soaps.
Native American Tea Company|
Lakota-owned business creating herbal tea blends based on traditional Native medicine.
Buzz-Off Herbal Insect Repellant|
Natural bug repellant made by a Maliseet-Passamaquoddy alternative herbalist.
Navajo Dye and Medicine Charts|
Framed collages of native Navajo dye and medicine plants, with text explaining the traditional usage of each.
Turtle Trade Craft Supplies|
In addition to beads, this Mohawk store sells porcupine quills, leather hides and thongs, fox pelts, and a wide assortment of feathers.
|If you're looking for a Native American medicine or tobacco pouch, have a look at our Native American Bags page. The first two artists on that page sell beaded Indian medicine bags as well as larger pouches that could be used to pack native herbs.|
|American Indian Healing Arts||Herbalogy of North America||Nature's Weeds, Native Medicine||Handbook of Native American Herbs|
|Nice-looking book of Indian herbs and their traditional uses by an ethnobotanist.||An encyclopedia of Native American herbs and plants and what they have historically been used for.||Book by a part-Indian woman on the various tribal traditions regarding native herbs.||Guidebook to North American Indian herbs and their uses.|
About us: This website belongs to Native Languages of the Americas, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting endangered Native American languages. We do not sell herbs or feathers ourselves, so if you are interested in buying some, please contact the sellers directly. Though we have featured only Native American herbs and natural materials identified with the names and tribal affiliations of the vendors, we haven't called the tribal offices to check up on any of them, and we do not know them personally. We also don't guarantee any product and particularly recommend that everyone exercise caution and common sense using herbs, just as you would with Western medicine. This is not an exhaustive list of Native American herb sellers--if you would like us to add your herbal site to this page, please contact us with your URL and tribal affiliation. We advertise any individual native artist or native-owned art business here free of charge. We do not link to herbal medicine which is not made by tribally recognized American Indian, Inuit, or First Nations people, so please do not ask us to. And finally, websites do occasionally expire and change hands, so use your common sense and this general rule of thumb: if the herb-seller is not identified by name and specific tribe, you are probably not looking at genuine Native American herbs.
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