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Choosing and Buying Authentic Contemporary American Indian Artist Works

What to Look Out for When Purchasing Contemporary American Indian Art

If you love Native American and southwest art décor, knowing the safest place to buy these items can be tricky. There are scammers out there trying to fraudulently sell Native American art. For example, according to, three men were recently charged for violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (IACA). They tried to import and sell Filipino-made jewelry as Native American art. Luckily there are laws in place that aim to protect the misrepresentation of Native American artwork. Still, with plenty of frauds out there, knowing how to avoid them is key.
To minimize the possibility of being scammed, buying Native American jewelry and artwork can be done at trusted museums. Choose museums that are known to have a strong knowledge and understanding of Native American tribes. Purchasing directly from a Native American artist is also a smart way to ensure that you aren’t taken advantage of.

For the modern art lover, contemporary American Indian Artist John Nieto, has a trusted online gallery full of authentic, one-of-a-kind artwork. His southwestern influences and bold, vibrant techniques depict traditional Native American themes in colorful, innovative style. Nieto’s Native American roots come through in his deep love and reverence for the culture, which is evident in every brush stroke. You can add a Nieto original, limited edition piece or a painting reproduction to your Native American art collection without worrying about it’s authenticity when you purchase direct from the artist’s gallery.

To purchase true, authentic artwork from a favorite Native American artist, consider visiting trading posts. Reputable, well-respected trading posts can be found in Gallup, New Mexico and other select locations. When you purchase art from trading posts, the people there can usually explain who made the item and the tribe it came from. Fairs and local events may also contain Native American exhibits where artwork is for sale.

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Check Out John Nieto’s Online Contemporary Art Gallery

To see contemporary, Native American artwork today, visit John Nieto’s online art gallery. If you are interested in a particular piece or you have questions please contact us here: