IACA Journal, Summer 2014 - page 4

IACA Journal | Summer 2014
Buyer Beware
American Indian Art can be a tricky business, and buyers need to watch carefully to
avoid three very common pitfalls.
First is the deep discount that can be found plastered on many windows that purport to sell American
Indian Art. While a 70% discount is most tempting, chances are that you will still be paying a higher
price than you would otherwise pay through a legitimate American Indian art shop. The legitimate
shops price fairly, and rarely offer a discount except to very good customers... and then it may only
amount to 10% or so.
Second is buying a knock off of a famed artist’s work. Rip offs are particularly common on many
websites, and especially with jewelry. Plagiarizing a design or style of top artists is a common practice,
and not at all illegal. Best practice is to ask about the artist that created the piece you are attracted to -
and ask for documentation.
Finally, buying a piece that isn’t even authentic American Indian art, but looks like it is. This happens
all too frequently, sometimes even when you purchase directly from an American Indian. We have
seen instances where buyers purchased weavings from a Navajo person, only to discover a tag that
indicates the weaving came from India. Again, ask for documentation about the piece that you wish
to purchase.
Ask questions before you buy, and expect answers. For assurance when buying American Indian art,
look for an outlet that displays the IACA Membership seal. That will increase your enjoyment, and
give you peace of mind, when buying authentic American Indian art.
—Joe Zeller, IACA President
Looking Ahead
IACA-EF is actively looking forward to a busy, productive and fruitful summer season for all
our members.
I hope you enjoy this Summer’s
We will be highlighting other regions and indig-
enous cultures in coming issues. Please feel free to submit items and suggest subjects for
future editions.
We welcome any and all contributions as we continue to evolve and contribute to the Indian
Arts industry.
Thank you again to all of our members, volunteers and board for their service to our organi-
zation. You are all vital to our continued success.
—Pam Lujan-Hauer, IACA-EF President
Joe Zeller, IACA President
Pam Lujan-Hauer
Taos Pueblo
IACA-EF President
IACA Mission
To promote, preserve and
protect authentic American
Indian arts and crafts
IACA-Education Fund
Mission Statement
To build cultural preservation
and appreciation for the arts of
indigenous peoples of North
America through education
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