In 2002 Ancient
Nations joined McGee's Indian Art in historic Keams Canyon, Arizona
(on the Hopi Indian reservation) as a premier venue for their
exclusive offerings. We continue to operate in conjunction with
McGee's Indian Art and other trading partners throughout the
Southwest, and we treasure the opportunity we have to develop
such great relationships with both artists and collectors.
Native Americans have labored to perpetuate a cultural heritage
rich in symbolism and deeply steeped in ceremonial significance.
Part of that heritage has always been exhibited through their
artistic expressions. Ancient Nations endeavors to support the
preservation of Native peoples and their culture by procuring
and promoting the finest available Indigenous arts.
We feel strongly
about the integrity of the Indian art market. Our fate is inextricably
intertwined with that of our Native neighbors. We work diligently
to ensure that all of our efforts have a positive and lasting
impact on both the artists and their art. Nearly everything we
offer is purchased directly from the artist - and those that
are not are obtained through relationships we have with other
reputable dealers who share our visions, goals, and concerns.
the Trading Post
Being part of
a trading post is a very unique aspect of our business. The Keams
Canyon Trading Post is one of the last bona fide trading posts
in existence. While many galleries operate under a "trading
post" façade, very few support the reservation economy
in the fundamental way that we do. Just as in historic times,
the post continues to offer its goods and services to the local
It all began
with traders, like Thomas Keam, who were willing to take a risk
for their Indian patrons. In years where trade items, like corn
or wool, were scarce, the trader found ways to supplement Indian
income by taking their crafts in on trade. Whether or not a simple
utilitarian bowl would have any commercial value was unknown
at the time, but the trader saw his customers' needs and obliged.
Taking that pottery, basket, rug, or carving on trade allowed
his patrons to obtain the other goods and services they were
in need of. The necessities of a changing life became increasingly
available to Native Americans as "crafts" became an
acceptable medium of barter.
Today the trading
post is still the place where artisans can be directly compensated
for their work, alleviating the artist of the responsibility
and risk associated with marketing and promoting and allowing
them more time to spend in the creative process. The artists
are able to set their own prices, and the trading post
enables them to cash their checks, buy their groceries, do their
laundry, get their fuel, or just relax and have a bite to eat
without having to make the arduous journey to town (nearly seventy
miles in any direction). The vast majority of the trading post's
patrons are local residents - Native Americans. We depend
on them, and they depend on us. We are honored to be an integral
part of their community and to reside in this special part of
their sacred homeland.
Online Gallery presents the best of what we have to offer. Each
item has been hand picked for this exclusive showcase. We consider
everything we present to be investment-grade, featuring the very
best in their respective price-points in a variety of mediums.
Rest assured, if an item appears on our website, it has passed
our own personal test of beauty, quality, and value.
The website is
update daily, with sold items marked sold, so there is
usually never a question as to an items availability. New items
are added in small batches on a regular basis - about every other
week. If you would like to be the first to know about new items
or special offers, be sure to join our mailing list.
All items are
presented using the best technology we have available. Occasionally
our flash photography will give off a glare or distort proportions.
Feel free to contact us with questions or for clarification.
Nothing is a substitute for viewing these items firsthand - but
99% of our customers have been delighted with the items they
have purchased online, with the phrase "it's even more beautiful
in person," being quite common.
If you are interested
in an item, please email your inquiry (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call toll free:
About your Purchase
All items are
guaranteed authentic, and without flaw (unless otherwise noted
in the listing).
is our first priority. Buying and owning a piece of original
art is a very personal experience and one that ought to be easy
and enjoyable. If you're not delighted with your purchase, you
are welcome to return it in the same condition it left the gallery
within 3 days of receipt if it is not exactly as described. Buyers
may opt for either a refund or gallery credit when returning
an item. A 5% restocking fee may be charged for credit card purchases.
We ship via UPS
ground, and we always double box. Occasionally some items will
require special handling or expedited delivery, these options
are at an additional expense but are often well worth it. If
you prefer to make other arrangements, just let us know.
Toll Free: 1.800.854.1359
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