|As you browse our
site, you will find links near various graphic elements which will lead
you to more information on many different topics. To assist you in
following links you may have missed, we have gathered them here for your
convenience. You will also find many articles on craft techniques that
we have written or acquired over the years. We hope you will find many
of the useful and interesting.
Porcupine Quilled Pipestem
Anyone who has been in the "hobby" for awhile
soon discovers that there is a wealth of information out there on just
about any Native American craft topic. Many articles and guides have
been written. Most were handed out at Boy Scout meetings, powwows, and
other gatherings. Rarely did anyone try to make any money publishing
them and most were written to help out friends and other hobbyists. We
have a substantial collection of these types of articles. We're not even
sure where some of them came from. We wrote some of the articles below
and others were written by friends and acquaintances. We have no idea if
any of the authors are enforcing their copyrights. If you wrote one of
these articles and do not wish it to appear here, please let us know and
we'll remove it. Also note that in some cases, the text varies somewhat
from the original where we corrected spelling or typographical mistakes.
Beadwork Design - Sioux Style
The Porcupine &
Porcupine Quillwork - By Pat Hartless
Sioux Style Lazy Stitch Beadwork - How
to Do It
So, You Wanna Make - Simple craft
The California Indian Hobbyist Association is a
non-profit organization dedicated to the study and practice of Native
American customs including craftwork, powwows, Hethuska, and other
activities. In the 1970's and 1980's, the organization published a
series of craft articles for their members. While styles change, the
techniques presented are as valuable today as they were then. Most are
not particularly detailed, but will give you a place to start in
learning these crafts. We are pleased to present this collection of
craft techniques for your use. Feel free to copy them and distribute
them to others as you desire. The only limitation is that you may not
package them for resale in anyway. These are CIHA's gift to the public.
All the graphic art images on this site are of
items in our personal collection unless otherwise noted. While we
generally do not offer these types of items for sale, similar items are
available in the marketplace. If you would like to obtain a similar
item, we would be happy to try and locate a museum quality example.
Because of the rarity of antiquities and exceptional contemporary items,
a search may take many months. Depending on the item, prices can range
from a few hundred dollars up into the thousands. Please contact us with
your needs and we'll quote a rough price based on current market
We are pleased to share our collection with you,
but please note that we retain all copyright to the images on this site.
In the spirit of sharing, you are free to use the graphics for
non-commercial purposes. Please include the following credit line with a
link to our site:
Native American art images ©
Matoska Trading Company Inc.
If you wish to use the images on a business web
site, please contact us for special arrangements.