Iconic First Nations Jewelry

Jewelry isn’t unique to First Nations cultures, but the artisanal quality and distinctive style seen in pieces by Native artists present a one-of-a-kind beauty. Steeped in history and crafted with care, each accessory is a story unto itself, embodying the living memory of rich communities. At House of Himwitsa, we showcase dozens of compelling pieces as part of our gallery.

Fairly traded from craftspeople across Canada’s many communities, these examples of First Nations jewelry comprise one of the world’s most interesting collections. We work to expand that collection each year, connecting cultures and fostering an appreciation for the craft of jewelry-making — and the people behind it.

First Nations Jewelry

 

Created with Care

One feature that sets Native craftsmanship apart is the tendency to work closely with every material and part of the process. A piece isn’t just a product or a hobby. It’s one thread in an endlessly diverse and ever-growing tapestry of stories, techniques, and trends. When you hold hand-engraved jewelry from a First Nations community, you can feel the history and resilience behind its creation. Just as important, you get a glimpse into the evolution and pride of modern Native Canadian communities, which continue to preserve traditions and innovate new ways of seeing the world today.