My friend Mark Bahti has posted an excellent guide to buying Native American arts and crafts. Mark operates Bahti Indian Arts, which was founded by his father, Tom.
Mark says: Visitors to any of Arizona’s 22 tribes have a wonderful opportunity to buy handmade work directly from the artist or from an Indian entrepreneur.
But is it Indian? Or handmade? How to tell?
Mark notes: Misrepresenting goods as Indian-handmade is a federal offense so more reliable shops will not do so.
Photo: Apache crown dancers Credit: Arizona Historical Society