From the time Native Americans began weaving with wool, the designs, colors, sizes, shapes and textures of their blankets have been in a constant state of evolution. This is something that makes them so desirable to collectors they change very quickly and become historically significant or datable, equally quickly.
The importance of the blanket in native Indian culture can not be over-estimated. Long before the advent of white settlers, they were used in exchange for other goods. Blankets were given to celebrate births and marriages, to show status, as a shelter, clothing, and bed, to wrap babies or to cover the dead. Early Navajo weavings are of remarkably high quality. Wool was smooth and silky and the weaver employed a high degree of skill and effort in cleaning, carding, combing, spinning and dying. Such is the popularity for Native American goods that these pieces rarely come on the market and when they do they fetch from $2000 $5000 at auction.
Collectors will also be interested in the Indian blankets produced today. Santa Fe artist, Ramona Sakiestewa recently became the first Native American to design a series of blankets. The Circle of Life blanket was made in honor of all tribal Elders and Wisdom keepers who hand down knowledge. Chief Eagle is in honor of Chief Seelastee of the Yakima Nation. He is remembered for his involvement in educational programs, many of which are still in use today.