Consumer Tips

Under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, it is unlawful to offer or display for sale or sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is Indian produced, an Indian product, or the product of a particular Indian or Indian tribe or Indian arts and crafts organization.  

Shop Wisely - Tips for Buying

1) When purchasing from a dealer, choose one with a good reputation.

2) Request a written guarantee or written verification of authenticity.

3) Get a receipt that includes all the vital information about your purchase, including price, maker, and maker's tribal affiliation.

4) Familiarize yourself with different materials and types of Indian art and craftwork, as well as the indicators of a well-made, handcrafted piece.

5) Realize that authentic handmade pieces may be expensive.  If a price seems too good to be true, be sure to ask more questions about the item and its maker.


A downloadable poster with consumer tips for buying American Indian and Alaska Native art is available here.

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