November is Native American Heritage Month. As one of the Southwest’s premier traders of Native American Indian art, we think it’s important to look at why we should and how we can honor and preserve the cultures and traditions of our country’s Native peoples. Read More
Halloween has its roots in Celtic culture, where November 1 marked the New Year. On the day before the New Year, October 31, ancient Celts believed that portals opened enabling the dead to take humans to the spirit world. Over time, Romans and Christians influenced the holiday and masks were worn as a protection—a way to disguise a person so they wouldn’t be taken to the spirit world—effectively blurring the line between humans and spirits. Read More
The oral tradition is the time-honored way Native American cultures pass traditional values and beliefs from one generation to the next. The first storyteller figurine was created in 1963 by Helen Cordero of Cochiti Pueblo. Representing her grandfather’s way of telling stories by gathering everyone around him, Cordero was able to recreate a clay effigy to reflect his approach to storytelling. From there, the first storyteller figurine was born. Read More
Caring for sterling silver jewelry is essential in making sure it looks great and maintains value. Since many Native American jewelry pieces contain stones, great care must be taken to ensure the silver is cleaned without changing the color of the stone or otherwise damaging it with chemicals. Read More
October is Fair Trade Month. Fair trade recognizes the hard work and craftsmanship of farmers, artisans and workers by ensuring they are justly compensated for their products. Developing fair trade standards takes a substantial investment of time and money to make sure they benefit producers. As such, fair trade organizations, like the FLO, have focused on developing standards for industries that have the largest impact on small producers worldwide, like agriculture and some manufactured products.
Why Isn’t Palms Trading Company Certified by the Fair Trade Organization?
How does Palms Trading Company Ensure Fair Trade?
Palms Trading Company takes great care to honor the spirit of fair trade. We do this in a number of ways:
Indian Arts & Crafts Association Member
The Indian Arts & Crafts Association (IACA) is an International organization that was developed to protect Native American arts and crafts from imitators. As a member of this organization, we ensure that we only sell authentic Native American art, unless it is otherwise labeled or specified. This protects the artists we work with and the collectors we sell to.
Paying a fair price to Native American artists is essential to maintaining a sustainable market that keeps their traditions alive. Since there is no database available to check similar pieces, pricing Native American art demands evaluating several components, including things like:
- Reputation of the Artist
Evaluating all of these components and determining the quality of a piece is something you learn through observation over time.
To us, selling and appreciating Native American art is more than just finding great pieces to share with collectors—it’s also creating relationships with the artists and learning the stories behind their work. We honor the artists we work with and the traditions they preserve by striving to create personal relationships with them.
When you choose Palms Trading Company for your Native American jewelry, pottery and art, you can be confident that you are getting an authentic piece and helping to sustain Native American art traditions. You can also be confident that you are getting a fair price for your purchase. Since we buy directly from the artists, there’s no middleman distributor—and that allows us to pass on the savings to you.
People native to both South and North America are often known as “corn people” because their civilizations depended on the success of corn crops. So, it comes as no surprise that much corn and its harvest plays a big role in Native American Indian tradition and folklore. One figure’s importance to the success of the harvest is indicated by her representation in Native American Indian pottery and stone fetish art forms—the Corn Maiden. Read More
Authentic Native American Indian jewelry is as much a fashion statement as a piece of art. The right piece can accent your facial features and attire or show how current you are to trends in the fashion world. Native American Indian jewelry also connects you to a rich artistic tradition among Pueblo and Native cultures…if it’s authentic. Read More
September is full of opportunities to be a part of the rich cultural traditions of the Pueblos. This month, a number of Pueblos celebrate annual feast days in honor of their patron saints and other days with special religious significance. Read More