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Courtney Puffer

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Courtney Puffer is a writer and art dealer, who runs Pacific Western Traders with his father, Herb, in Folsom, California. Courtney is extremely knowledgeable about native American art and customs. Sadly, Courtney passed away on 17th September, 2008, while on a business trip, but his writing lives on at NewsBlaze.

Cycles of Songs and Stories Lead to Native Images

LaPena shared the appreciation of his native heritage with his students whilst a professor of art and director of Native American studies at California State University, Sacramento.

Traditional California & Nevada Baby Carrier

Each tribal style is distinctive and continues in use, to be treasured as family heirlooms. In the Northern Paiute language, hooppu is the term for baby carrier or cradle.

California Gaming Baskets and ‘Named’ Baskets on Show

California Gaming Baskets: Inspired by traditional gaming in native culture, as well as the games introduced by the Church and others.

Spectacular Rare Sealskin Pen & Ink Drawing

Walrus are hunted for meat - all parts of the animal are used: skin, bone and ivory, including the oosik - the latter three for tools and carvings for sale.

Traditional Pomo Cultural Arts With a Twist

Using only traditional materials such as tules, willows, cattails, and dogbane, they make baskets, traps, baby carriers and children's toys, using age-old techniques.

California Gaming Baskets

The California Gaming Basket Collection is a series of baskets inspired by traditional gaming in native culture; as well as the games introduced by the Church and others.

Northwest Coast Exhibit

Masks, Boxes, Carvings, Dolls and Paintings from the Native Peoples of the Northwest Coast of North America and Alaska.

Linda Aguilar – Chumash, Prominent Native American Basket Weaver

When Nelson Mandela of South Africa visited Los Angeles, Mayor Tom Bradley presented him with one of Aguilar's baskets; as well, The Dalai Lama has been presented with her baskets.

Basket Weavers of The Past, Present Honored at Special Event

When Pacific Western Traders opened in October of 1971 there were basketry demonstrations by three prominent weavers: Mabel McKay (Pomo), Frances McDaniel (Wintun) and Florence Harrie (Karuk).

Fine Horsehair Basketry By Linda Aguilar

Aguilar's reputation as an artist is such that a basket of hers was added to the permanent collection of outstanding examples of contemporary art in the Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

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