Coyote's Game was established in August of 1999, with the idea of creating a business offering original, truly hand-made items from New Mexico and the Southwest. Our goal was not to compete with the big trading posts, but to create a unique web store offering quality products to showcase the artists and artisans of this culturally rich area.
Over the years we were contacted by skilled Native American artists from other parts of the United States, and we added their work to Coyote's Game, but the spirit of our business is rooted in the Southwest. Most--but not all--of our artists are Native. Where no tribal affiliation is given, the artist is not American Indian or is not enrolled in a federally recognized tribe. All of the Native American artists whose work is offered on Coyote's Game are members of federally recognized tribes.
A dedication to quality and respect for Native American culture led to Coyote's Game buying only from individual artists or families, and from reputable Native American crafts cooperatives.
In the past 10 years many things have changed. The American Indian people who carry on traditional crafts are faced with higher costs for materials--everything from silver to beads has skyrocketed--along with the general inflation affecting our economy. Because of this the artists have raised their prices and, as a consequence, so have we. But in a world of mass produced consumer goods, the intrinsic value of a truly hand made item is far greater than its actual dollar value.
Sadly, we have lost a number of beaders in the last few years. The most recent is Comanche artist Jr. Weryackwe, who passed away in September 2013. Jr. was an outstanding individual as well as a talented artist, and we honor his memory.
Our concern about protecting the environment means that Coyote's Game recycles clean packing materials including peanuts, bubble wrap and the occasional clean shipping box.
We continue to be dedicated to the policy of fast, honest transactions.
We strive to provide old-fashioned quality and service using modern technology.
If you have any suggestions to make our site better or easier to use, please send us an email to let us know.
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