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Tribal Treasures: Skinner’s December 2 American Indian and Ethnographic Art Sale Is Global in Content and in Appeal

This auction ranges from prehistoric to present day, American Indian to African tribal, the Pacific to the Caribbean. The sale takes place on Saturday, December 2 at 10 AM at Skinner’s Boston gallery, 63 Park Plaza. Previews will be held on Thursday, November 30, 12 PM to 5 PM; Friday, December 1, 12 PM to 7 PM; and Saturday, December 2, 8 AM to 9:30 AM.

Several important collections are featured, as well as numerous rarities and oddities. Douglas Deihl, department director, sums up: “The auction has great material with broad appeal and excellent provenance, offered at reasonable estimates.”

Hethuska Society Painted Hide, (Lot 203, Estimate: $60,000-80,000)

Among the most notable pieces are two American Indian textiles at the intersection of folk art and history:

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How to Buy American Indian Art: A Guide to Plains Material

American Indian Plains material is one of the most popular and consistently available collecting areas in American Indian art. Plains Indians, including the Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Lakota, Sioux, Crow, Kiowa, and Comanche, populated the continent from Texas to Canada, from west of the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains. While some Plains Indian material was made for the tourist market, many examples were worn and used by Indians themselves, making them all the more desirable.