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The Tribal store of Dogbotz Boneyard offers a variety of vintage and contemporary handmade artifacts from African, Asian, Australian Aboriginal, Caribbean, Celtic, and Native American artisans whose works represent the best of their respective cultures. From ceremonial masks to kachina dolls, from carved fetishes to woven tapestries, our Tribal  department provides these great treasures and other excellent finds. Dogbotz Boneyard ships all tribal items insured for the full value of the piece with signature confirmation required.

Please return to this site regularly as different products are added to the Tribal page frequently. Collector?  Contact us at info@dogbotz.com about upcoming collections or sought-after items!

Remember also that a part of the proceeds raised this season through the sales of any tribal artifacts or products will benefit the Warrior Dog Foundation.

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Dogbotz   1970s Australian Aboriginal Emu Egg with Carved Kangaroo Image

This nice carving of a kangaroo with tall background grass was purchased in 1976 by the parents of friends of Dogbotz Boneyard co-owner Patrick Price. The sculpted kangaroo image covers about 85 percent of one side of the emu egg. The rough grayish surface of the natural egg covers the reminder. ...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Stunning Catlinite Eagle Claw Ceremonial Pipe

This beautiful sacred pipe composed of a Catlinite (also referred to as pipestone) bowl and a wooden stem was handmade by Swift Horse (or Mark Pederson). His signature appears carved into the bottom of the wonderfully detailed Catlinite eagle claw pipe bowl. Catlinite is a soft stone mineral depo...more>> Free Gift Certificate with purchase of this item.

 
Dogbotz   Rhodonite Bear with Fish Tribal Carving

This little sculpture of mukwa (the Ojibwa word for “bear”) with a Dalmatian dacite fish in its mouth can guide the student of spiritual pursuits in two ways: first, through the totem teacher it represents (Bear), and second, through the healing vibrations of the gemstone fro...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Cherokee Wood Bear Carving

This small wooden carving of a bear by Cherokee artisan D. Smith was produced in the early 1990s. The surface of the wooden sculpture is very smooth to the touch, yet the facial details of the bear are exquisite. The artist’s signature has been etched into the belly of the bear.

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Dogbotz   Zuni Horse Fetish by Bernard Laiwaket

Hand-carved from a beautiful piece of Southwestern onyx, this gorgeous horse fetish was designed by Zuni artist Bernard Laiwakete, who lives in western New Mexico. On one side of the horse, a turquoise heart-line has been placed into the onyx, extending from the horse’s mouth to belly. Both...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Mid-Century Australian Arnhem Land Aboriginal Hand-Carved Wooden Vase

This finely and expertly carved Liganmi wooden vase was handcrafted in the late 1980s by Aboriginal artisan Dhuwanydjika, an early artist of the Yirrkala Arts and Crafts Centre (a community-controlled art center of Northeast Arnhem Land of Australia). This impressive piece features a band of flow...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Original Arrowhead Set into a Silver-Tone Necklace

This unique pendant is a Native American arrowhead found in 1973 in the Palos Heights area of Illinois. A small silver-tone leaf clasp was attached to it about 15 ago so the arrowhead could hang from an 18-inch silver chain and be worn as a piece of jewelry. The arrowhead itself is reddish brown ...more>> Free Gift Certificate with purchase of this item.

 
Dogbotz   Vintage Southwest Indian Knife Sheath

From the 1920s comes this vintage Southwest Native American knife sheath, composed of leather and glass beads. The dark brown leather body of the knife sheath was hand-sewn with sturdy elk hide to hold securely a knife; it also has elk-hide fringe that has curled due to age. The diverse colored g...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Oglala Sioux Beaded Rosette Neck

This stunning Oglala Sioux beaded necklace was handcrafted in the mid-1980s by jewelry-maker Kessie Fire Thunder at Pine Ridge, South Dakota. This beautifully designed traditional necklace has a central rosette that measures 2.25 inches in width and includes a colorfully beaded fringe that drops ...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Zuni Hummingbird Fetish by Jason Red Elk

Hand-carved from a beautiful piece of apple coral with a shell beak, this stunning hummingbird fetish was designed by Zuni artist Jason Red Elk, who lives in western New Mexico. This fetish is in wonderful vintage condition, and it is signed “Red Elk” on the bottom of its base.

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Dogbotz   Galloping Horses Ceramic Jar by Mary Arnl

From Navajo potter Mary Arnl comes this stunning ceramic jar of horses galloping and chasing after each other. This mid-1980s hand-painted jar depicts the horses at dusk, with the primary colors of black horses over a background of dark brown (on the top and bottom edges of the jar), red, orange ...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Beautiful Red Fox Pelt

Though some folks object to the hunt, those of us who are Native American understand that one of the perennial mysteries of the great Circle of Life is that “life takes life in order to survive,” be it for food, clothing or protection. The red fox that gifted this gorgeous pelt was hu...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Vintage Ceramic Australian Aboriginal Kangaroo Bowl

This gorgeous, small terracotta bowl has been hand-made and hand-painted by an Arnhem Land native artisan of Australia, circa 1970. Inside the bowl, designed in an abstract dot style, also known as pointillism, is the image of a jumping kangaroo.

This little bowl looks fantastic! The bowl...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Beaded Green Chunky and Sparkly Necklace

This unique necklace created by Sioux artist and designer Kathleen Kills Thunder in the late 1980s is composed of green glass trade beads, small black glass seed beads, medium-sized black glass globes and platform beads, and very large, chunky green with gold sparkle composite beads. The largest ...more>> Free Gift Certificate with purchase of this item.

 
Dogbotz   TRADING POST

Stop by our Trading Post to hunt for real bargains, you'll see that we are offering the following products from our Tribal department at a discounted price or with a free gift certificate for the future purchase of any product.

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Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Zuni Buffalo Fetish by Russell Shack

Hand-carved from a pure white marble, this gorgeous buffalo fetish was designed by Zuni artist Russell Shack, who lives in western New Mexico. The white buffalo features stunning hand-etched detail throughout the pelt of the buffalo. The Buffalo also has jet-inlay eyes. This fetish is in wonderfu...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Large Sweetgrass Basket

This beautiful ash and sweetgrass basket was made in 1993 by Passamaquoddy artisan Molly Neptune Parker of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance. This large basket is highlighted with yellow accent colors and has oval rings of braided sweetgrass (2 inches wide by 2.5 inches high) adhered by a si...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Blue Rooster

This delightful wooden sculpture of a blue rooster decorated with white starbursts stands on a 1" thick base. The narrow straight legs of the rooster and its talons are painted black, whereas its face is painted the traditional red. Straw serves as its tail feathers.

The rooster carving i...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Small Zuni Sterling Silver Pendant with Turquoise Inlay

This 925 sterling silver, heart-shaped Zuni pendant is inlaid with turquoise. Dating back to the late 1970s, this quite small pendant so beautifully rendered in shape and color has a large “spirit.” It would make for a delightful gift for one’s soul mate, life partner, or dear f...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Quilled Moose on Birch Bark & Coiled Sweetgrass Basket

The majestic moose portrayal on this stunning basket has great depth to it. The dark brown that forms the moose’s body and the gold and green tones of the forest floor and flora give the moose an almost three-dimensional quality. All aspects of the image are depicted with porcupine quills o...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Primitive Gourd Rattle

Handmade by a Sioux artisan friend of Dogbotz Boneyard co-owner Patrick Price in the mid-1980s, this gourd rattle has been lightly dyed and sports two yellow stars and two red bird-like creatures. At the top of the rattle are two small feathers that have been adhered to the gourd, one of which is...more>> Free Gift Certificate with purchase of this item.

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Zuni Bobcat Fetish by Ernie Mackel

This exquisite bobcat fetish was hard-carved by Zuni artisan Ernie Mackel. The fetish is carved from picture jasper, and the artist has completely detailed the pelt of the bobcat, including the underbelly and the claws on the paws. Carving in this way gives the bobcat a strong, compact body with ...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Lakota Sioux Neon Green Sunburst Belt Buckle

This radiant starburst beaded belt buckle was hand-made by Lakota artisan Verine Laffery, a member of the Pine Ridge Reservation. The buckle was produced in the late 1980s.

What makes the buckle so stunning is that the front is made completely of beads, from white, yellow, orange and red ...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Zuni Beaded Box Turtle

Zuni artists Farlan and Alesia Quetawki have created a contemporary, beautifully designed beaded sculpture of a box turtle — just in time to celebrate the freedom of Spring! Using at first a small wooden form to shape the initial form of the turtle, the artists have then placed, in a geomet...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Mata Ortiz Fine White on Red Pottery Vase

This beautiful white-on-red, Mimbreno-design Mata Ortiz pottery vase was created by potter Ana Trillo. This handmade, traditional pottery vase has a matte finish and thin walls. Its color scheme is white on red clay upon which the images of a quail, a lizard, and a duck pursuing a fish appear. Th...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Zuni Beaded Gray and Pink-Spotted Horse

Zuni artist Betsy Ghahate has created a contemporary, delightful, small beaded sculpture of a spotted horse — just in time to celebrate the freedom of Spring! Using at first a small wooden form to shape the initial form of the horse, the artist has then used gray and pink beads held togethe...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Osage Beaded Dangle Earrings on Polar Bears on Blue Background

Handmade in 1994 by Osage artist Patrice Goetsch, this pair of stunning, beaded earrings has the image of a polar bear against a dark blue background. The earrings have a brick-stitch top with dangle bottoms with surgical steel hooks at top and glass beads throughout.

The earrings are in ...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Bead and Bone Choker with Abalone Shell Pendant

This traditional Ojibwa choker, dating from the late 1970s, is composed of white-dyed bone tubes, red and blue plastic dodecahedral trade beads, and an oval abalone-shell pendant dyed turquoise. A 1.5-inch leather divider separates each section of bone tubes from that of beads. The beautiful abal...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Zuni Beaded Bunny with Carrot

Zuni artist Ronda Dosedo has created a contemporary, delightful, small beaded sculpture of a bunny holding a carrot — just in time to celebrate the Easter holiday! Using at first a small wooden form to shape the initial form of the bunny, the artist has then used cream-colored beads held to...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Quilled Cardinal on Birch Bark & Coiled Sweetgrass Basket

The lovely cardinal portrayal on this stunning basket has great depth to it. The ruby red that forms the bird’s body, the black and yellow of its throat and beak, and the brown and green tones of the branches and leaves give the cardinal an almost three-dimensional quality. All aspects of t...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Wooden Bee Sculpture

Designed and created in the mid-1980s by Mexican Indian artisan Paulina Blas, this rare, one-of-a-kind, stunning wooden sculpture in the shape of a bee is fancifully decorated with vivid colors. From its bluish green antennae to its lavender legs and body, this bee makes for a playful yet bold st...more>> Free Gift Certificate with purchase of this item.

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Unique Native American Tanning Knife

Traditionally created for tanning hides to be used in ceremonial clothing or other sacred objects, this contemporary Plains Indian knife is made of antler and stone. This piece is about seven inches long, and the curved antler handle fits nicely in the hand when tanning. The stone arrowhead had b...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Shaman Skull Dragon Rattle

From Coyote Arts™, part of the Summer Coven, comes this Shaman Skull Dragon Rattle. It is Native American-made in the mountains of Utah by artist Tracy Jon Powell and has been crafted with natural materials and methods of construction.

All rattles made by Coyote Arts are ha...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Picture Jasper Buffalo Tribal Carving

This little sculpture can guide the student of spiritual pursuits in two ways: first, through the totem teacher it represents (Buffalo), and second, through the healing vibrations of the gemstone from which the image has been carved (Picture Jasper).

Some of the spiritual lessons that more>>

 
Dogbotz   Hand-Carved Inuit Hunter by Alan Wolf

This stunning hard-carved soapstone sculpture of a kneeling hunter with his spear thrust forward was created in the early 1990s by Canadian Intuit artisan Alan Wolf. The intricately carved details of the hunter’s clothing and posture are executed with great craftsmanship. The spear is made ...more>> Free Gift Certificate with purchase of this item.

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Haida Orca Inlay Wooden Box by Chris Mahan

From the Northwest Coast of Alaska comes this charming, light-colored wooden trinket box. The tile depicting the spirit of orca was designed and made by Haida artist Chris Mahan in the late 1980s. The lid of the box is not hinged, and the title of the tile as well as the artist’s signature ...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Mid-Century Whetung Ojibwa Pottery Vase

This eye-catching Ojibwa pottery vase comes from the Curve Lake region of Ontario, Canada. The vase is glazed in part with a dark brown tone over the natural cream-colored surface of the pottery. It is decorated with traditional tribal figures all around its surface, and signed “Whetung Oji...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Inuit Walrus Face Sculpture

This curious-looking walrus face sculpture was made in the 1980s by an Inuit (or Eskimo) artisan. Carved out of greenish gray soapstone, the face of the walrus has a stern look, and yet the details of the face, from puffy cheeks with tusks to flaring nostrils and wide-open eyes, are just stunning...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Four Native American Myths for Children

For your library and as a means to teach your children or grandchildren about the Native way of perceiving and understanding Creation, Dogbotz Boneyard is delighted to make available these four children’s books on Native American myths. As the back cover of each book explains, “For ce...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Miniature Hand-Made Maori Boomerang

This small contemporary, wooden boomerang handmade in the early 2000s is beautifully decorated with pyrographic (wood-burnt) spiritual images sacred to the Maori people of Australia. A boomerang is a tool, typically constructed as a flat air foil that, when thrown, is designed to spin about an ax...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Jewelry Chest with Pyrographic Images of the Wolf

A howling wolf set against the full moon and tall evergreens is part of the burnt-work designs that Clarence Polches, Mi'kmaq, has added to this small wooden jewelry chest.  Pyrographic (or burnt work) wolf prints appear on the front along with a traditional Wabanaki double-curve design ...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Birch Bark and Porcupine Quill Sewing Basket Set

The harvest design with watermelon and “cabbage roses” is an old Iroquois design. Here, the artist executes this design in porcupine quills on birch bark. He has added three sewing accessory baskets: a scissors case, a needle case and a pincushion basket — all placed inside the ...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Fully Beaded Thunderbird Dance Barrette

This gorgeous 1950s, handmade Sioux barrette depicts the mythical Thunderbird descending for the sky. This piece is exquisite in every way, from the vibrant yellow, red and orange seed beads to the supple brain-tanned leather to which the beads are attached. This barrette, often worn during triba...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Ojibwa Woven Kettle Container

This hand-crafted Ojibwa kettle-shaped container is composed of sweetgrass, dyed porcupine quills, and commercial thread. It was made in the mid-1970s and is a fine and unusual example of 20th-century Great Lakes Native American craftsmanship. Most of the materials were gathered and cr...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Porcupine Quill and Beaded Red Flower and Feather Barrette

American Indian designer Paul St. John combines glass beads and porcupine quills to create a stunning contemporary barrette. A flower design on the top of a feather is composed of red and green glass beads, with the central white part of the feather made of porcupine quills and the feather’...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Moonstone and Blue Bead Necklace

This stunning, four-strand necklace created by Sioux artist and designer Kathleen Kills Thunder in the late 1980s is composed of faceted chunks of moonstone, iridescent blue beads, blue heart-shaped beads, and quartz nuggets. The largest moonstone bead measures approximate 1 inches by 0.75 inches...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Fully Beaded Sunflower Dance Barrette

This gorgeous 1950s, handmade Sioux barrette depicts the image of a sunflower in full bloom against a black evening sky. This piece is exquisite in every way, from the vibrant yellow, pink and orange seed beads to the supple brain-tanned leather to which the beads are attached. This barrette, oft...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item 1940s Hopi Beaded Belt Buckle

Originally purchased in the 1940s then handed down to Dogbotz Boneyard co-proprietor Patrick Price, this vintage belt buckle was hand-made and beaded by a Hopi artisan. The buckle frame is covered with tanned deer hide, which serves as a base upon which the beads have been sewn. The seed beads of...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Vintage Sioux Signed Small Vase

This charming vase was handmade from red clay by Sioux Indians in the 1960s. The signature carved into the bottom of this small vase indicates that it was made by M. Hastings, Sr. of the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Glazed in its interior, the vase has a black matte finish exterior into w...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Blackfoot Beaded Butterfly Pendant on Peyote-Stitched Cord

This colorful beaded pendant was handmade by a Blackfoot artisan in the late 1970s. The butterfly image is beautifully composed of orange, red, white and varying shades of blue seed beads. The chain incorporates the same colors of beads to form a peyote-stitched cord. The chain uses a barrel-clas...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Gold Sheen Obsidian Hawaiian Chieftain Effigy

This charming piece of gold sheen obsidian has been sculpted into the shape of a Hawaiian chieftain. The fetish is in excellent condition. The gold sheen obsidian of this unique fetish appears black or dark gray in dim light; however, when tilted then viewed from the proper angle, a brightly spar...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Meskwaki Beaded Medicine Pouch

From the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Iowa, comes this vintage medicine bag or pouch hand-made by tribal artisan Brenda Youngbear. The pouch is made from deer hide and glass beads (yellow, orange, red, turquoise and black). The hide is in good vintage condition, showing a natural aging color. All the...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Large Cherokee Bear Ceremonial Pipe

From the Six Nations in the northeast, to the Dine in the Southwest, to the Cherokee in the Southeast, to the Salish in the Northwest, to the Cree in the Plains, the pipe has been a symbol of prayer and ceremony to all Native American peoples for thousands of years. It was a physical link between...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Crow Beaded Necklace with Abalone

This usual, eye-catching Crow Indian necklace is composed of hand-strung beads of various colors, shapes and sizes along with a large piece of hand-cut abalone shell. The beads vary in color from moss green to sandy tan, from brown to black. The abalone swirl has beautiful coloration as well.

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Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Standing Bear

Dogbotz Boneyard has collected the ceramics of the Vail Family not only because of the innovative, playful and unusual artistic techniques involved in the creation of horse hair pottery but also because of the portrait-like positioning of the animal subject, rendering it with a very animated feel...more>>

 
Dogbotz   Dogbotz Sale Item Native American Horn Rattle

Made by a Hopi artisan in the early 1980s, this cattle horn and gourd rattle features the image of the fertility god Kokopelli playing his flute. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music, he...more>>

 



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