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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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2017-02-06 Differences between tribes and how they're treated:

Mina, that's quite a question. First, let me say that it is really important to confirm that when you say "treated" you are speaking of how the Non-Native public treats the Native public, right? Part of

2017-01-12 native american dna:

Depending upon the local recording jurisdiction you are approaching, you may need to ask your related parent to make the request for you. Grandparents' documents are one generation removed for the easiest

2017-01-10 native american dna:

Tribal membership is decided and regulated on the tribal level. Outside of internal databases and records, maintained by the tribes, there is no documentation beyond the late 1800s registration documents

2017-01-06 Trying to identify native American textile:

This rug was made after 1920 or so, possibly as late as 1960, given the aniline dyes. It was woven by a Navajo weaver, probably a woman, on a hanging vertical loom. These are used because they can be moved

2017-01-06 Trying to identify native American textile:

Yes, Cary. This is a real Navajo woven wool rug/blanket done in a combination of natural (grey and white) and Aniline dyes in what is commonly called a Ganado pattern, featuring a central medallion figure

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