Authentic Plains Natives Artifacts for the Discerning Collector
Kent Antique Gallery offers a comprehensive selection of original Native American artifacts from several regions and tribes. The Plains Natives were prolific creators of a diverse range of artworks and artisanal pieces perfect for any collection.
Plains Natives: Culture and Artifacts
The Plains Natives took their name from the Great Plains region, covering the expansive prairie lands from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River and Alberta to the Texas Rio Grande.
The main Plains tribes were the Blackfeet, Crow, Cheyenne, Mandan, Arapaho, Sioux, Comanche, Plains Apache, Kiowa, Osage, Pawnee, Ponca, and Otoe. These tribes shared the common lifestyle of the hunter gatherer, but their artworks reflected their cultural differences. Popular Plains Natives art pieces include colorful headdresses, buckskin shirts, deerskin dresses, moccasins, necklaces, other accessories, clothing, weapons, and tools.
Daily Plains life focused on agriculture, gathering, and hunting. The household food production was gender-based, with the women doing most of the crop cultivation and harvesting of medicinal plants. The men also grew tobacco and hunted game like bison, elk, deer, and fishing. The abundance of fresh water, wood, vegetation, and wildlife featured as popular motifs in their works of art, for which the women were the main artists creating beadwork and quillwork, while the men made tools, paintings, stone sculptures, and weapons.