Native American Culture: Appreciation vs Appropriation

Throughout the last few years, Native American culture has been put on the pedestal for its unique culture. It has been embraced from all over but also, misrepresented. When it comes to using certain items of Native American culture, one must always be aware. There is a fine line between cultural appreciation and appropriation. What …

The Legend of the Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatchers are often seen on walls, trees, porches and even souvenir shops. But what is the significance of it where it is often seen in many places? These items are also transformed into jewelry at Fang Jewelry. The origin and legend behind the dreamcatcher are deep and important within the Native American community. History of …

Turquoise in Navajo Culture

The turquoise gemstone holds a special significance in Native American culture but especially within the Navajo tribe. Turquoise, or doo tl’izh ii, is considered as the “stone of life”. It is popular amongst the Navajo community because of its jewelry but it does have a long history. Up until this day, the gemstone is valued for its …

The Power of the Sun

The sun has been symbolically used throughout history in different regions and cultures. Additionally, it has been recognized as a cosmic power which is why it is seen in many artifacts and writings. Within Native American culture, it was significant in all the tribes. Here’s why it was of great importance. The Sun’s Power It …

The Origin of the Squash Blossom

The squash blossom has played an important role in indigenous culture, especially within the Navajo community. Ironically enough, the symbol was something that did not originate from Native American but Spanish conquistador. Whether you own jewelry with the squash blossom or not, understanding this symbol is to understand the Native American culture.  The Squash Blossom …

Why Are Feathers Valued?

In Native American culture, feathers have a great and high standard of what it represents. It’s more than just something that falls from a bird. Since it comes from an animal that is highly valued, the feather is very sacred. Why are feathers valued? Feathers are associated with birds since it comes from the animal. Therefore, …

Finding Native American Culture in the United States

As buyers of Native American jewelry, it is best to have some knowledge of what kind of pieces you are representing. Whether it’s understanding symbols, like the Thunderbird or feathers. There are many ways to conserve their culture through powwows, oral tradition, artifacts and the greatest one, museums. Here are some of the best museums to indulge …