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Native American Indian Cards

First things first: the exchanging of holiday cards, greeting cards, or any other kind of letter was not traditional in any North American Indian culture (unless you count wampum beads or other forms of commemorative, communicative art). However, not everyone has $500 to spend on a Hopi kachina or a hand-loomed Navajo rug. Native American cards can be an inexpensive and fun way to support and appreciate indigenous art. So if you're looking for greeting cards that were actually made by Native American artists, here is a list of some whose work is available online. If you have a website of native cards to add to this list, let us know. We gladly advertise any individual native artist or native-owned art store here free of charge, provided that all greeting cards are made by tribally recognized American Indian, Inuit, or First Nations artists.

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American Indian Cards

On our main site we do our best to avoid slowing down our page loading with graphics, but this page is about art, so we'd really be remiss in not showing a few representative greeting card pictures. All photos are the property of their respective artists; please visit their sites to see their work in more depth. In most cases the artists make larger prints as well, which are also worth viewing.

First Nations Cards
Native greeting cards with designs by various Canadian Indian artists.
Native American Cards
Impressionistic American Indian cards by Dakota Sioux artist Joanne Bird.
Seminole Indian Greeting Cards
Native American cards in 3D and mixed-media styles, sold by the Seminole tribe.

Books About Native American Painting
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Visions and Voices: Native American Painting The Navajo Art of Sandpainting Native North American Art North American Indian Art
Excellent survey of 20th-century native painting from the Philbrook Museum of Art. Beautifully illustrated guide to traditional and modern Navajo sandpaintings. A good book on American Indian art history in general, from ancient times to today. Book by a Cree scholar on contemporary First Nations art.

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Links About Native American Painting

Here are some other good internet resources for learning about or purchasing Native American art:

The Indian Arts and Crafts Act: US law against passing off fake American Indian crafts as genuine.
What constitutes Indian art fraud, and how to report it if you find it.
Indian Arts and Crafts Association: Addresses of Native American artists who are members of the IACA.
This is a great way to find local tribal artists who don't have websites.
Native American Indian Art: Pictures and descriptions of traditional native art forms,
and photographs and reviews of contemporary Indian artists.
Native American Artist Resources: Links to Indian art cooperatives, interviews, artist pages, etc.
Native American Visual Art: Orrin contributed to this larger directory of Indian crafts, many of which are authentic.
Native American Cultures: View our pages for individual Indian tribes, most of which have artistic information.

About us: This website belongs to Native Languages of the Americas, an indigenous language nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting endangered Native American languages. We are not artists ourselves, so if you are interested in buying some of the Indian cards featured on this page, please contact the artists directly. Though we have featured only American Indian greeting cards identified with the name and tribal affiliation of each artist, we haven't called the tribal offices to check up on any of them, and we only know a few of them personally. We also don't guarantee any of their products. This is not an exhaustive list of Native American cards--if you would like us to add your greeting card 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 greeting cards which are not made by tribally recognized American Indian, Inuit, or First Nations artists, 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 creator of each individual artwork is not identified by name and specific tribe, you are probably not looking at a genuine American Indian greeting card.

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