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Richard Sutton

As a direct reservation trader in all aspects of American Indian arts since 1985, I've answered questions regarding cultural property issues, origins of traditional crafts, materials and techniques, collecting, authenticity, symbols and, of course, repairs! We have operated a retail gallery since that time, bricks and mortar until 2007 and online since 1996. Our online operation closed in 2/2015, to allow me to finally write full-time. My writing site can be found at I'll be adding a book or two from our trader experiences under the pen name of W.T. Durand and the rest of my fiction is under my own name. We are not "New Age" practitioners of adopted American Indian religious ceremonies or combined philosophies. If you are seeking such knowledge for spiritual reasons, we will only provide answers that address factual information on these subjects. Unless one is raised in a traditional, American Indian family with language, culture and religious belief intact, we don't believe that simply applying the trappings or cultural property of a given traditional group will give a non-Indian (Native if you prefer)any insight other than the academic.

Dr. Frank Waabu O'Brien

Specialize in the extinct languages of Massachusett and Narragansett. Can answer general questions in most other areas, except genealogy-specific, pertaining to Indians of Southern New England (RI, MA, CT).

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2016-10-03 Ray Tracey jewelry:

Ray Tracey Studios uses sterling as well as gold fill, gold overlay (soldered atop sterling backing) and full gold in jewelry it makes. I've never seen anh overall gold plated piece from them, but it may

2016-10-02 Tsalagi word and one other:

Virgina, You will have to follow up your Cherokee language question with someone who speaks the language fluently. The Eastern Cherokee are located in Cherokee, NC and possibly the tribal government might

2016-09-02 native american bead necklace Plains indian?:

These are called yoke necklaces and are beaded on a loom. Most of them that have the fringed medallion at the base, that I've seen, come from Oklahoma and are made usually by Cherokee and sometimes Comanche

2016-09-01 native american bead necklace Plains indian?:

Richard;  I'll need sharp images of each to be able to make any comment. They should be an overall shot, and a close-up showing the details of the work and the details of each closure. Make sure they are

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