Approximately 500 lots of rare art and Native American artifacts from three sales attracted a great audience of varying collecting levels, bringing the auction total to $1,456,776.
In late March of this year Don Bennett, a professional Indian art collector, dealer and founder of the prestigious Whitehawk Antique Shows, died quickly yet tragically in a single car auto accident in California.
Pipe tomahawks were commonly traded in the 18th and 19th centuries between tribes and European settlers. They were not a native weapon but they were eventually incorporated into the Apache culture.
Native Americans originally carved beads from natural materials like shells, coral, horn, and turquoise. Since the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, however, tribal beaders have preferred working with glass beads, especially fine seed beads.