Native American, Prehistoric & Tribal Art

Hindman’s Native American, Prehistoric & Tribal Art specialists work with a comprehensive network of important dealers, private collectors, and museums. They leverage competition among worldwide bidders to achieve outstanding results for consignors in regularly scheduled auctions.

The department handles Native art of North America that spans centuries. These works are found in the forms of textiles, jewelry, basketry, beadwork, paintings, and sculpture. Major auctions are held in our Cincinnati and Denver offices.

Native American Art - Historic

As a leader in the industry, our Historic Native American Art auctions have sold over 40 million throughout the past 20 years. These auctions offer works from the 17th century – early 20th century, focusing on beadwork, textiles, pottery, baskets, jewelry, carvings and weaponry from the North American continent. Major live auctions are held twice a year in the Cincinnati office.

Native American Art – Modern & Contemporary

Our auctions of Modern and Contemporary Native Art focus on the development and change in the Native American Art field, ranging from the 1950s to today’s cutting-edge artists. Major live auctions are held twice a year in our Denver office.

Native American Jewelry

Artists such as Juan de Dios, Leekya Deyuse, Lambert Homer, Charles Loloma and Lee Yazzie are a small selection of silversmiths who are found in our auctions. Traditional Native jewelry, early 20th century curios and souvenirs – such as spoons, bookends, and boxes – and Mexican silver are also found within these sales.

Prehistoric Art & Artifacts

Our auctions of Prehistoric Art & Artifacts focus on material from the Eastern United States, dating from the Paleo through the Late Prehistoric Periods (13,000 B.C.E. – 1650 C.E.). These specialty auctions have featured the collections of renowned collectors Jan Sorgenfrei, Art Gerber, Karl Parchert and Buzzy Mussatti.

Natural History

Natural History encompasses a wide range of objects including fossils, meteorites, plant, insect and shell specimens, petrified wood, and minerals and crystals.


As a subset of our Antiquities Auctions, Pre-Columbian Art will sometimes be offered. This category will include works created by the Native people of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean from 3000 B.C. to ca 1400 A.D. This includes sculpture, gold, copper, and silverwork, and textiles.

Danica Farnand

Director, Native American, Prehistoric & Tribal Art

Danica Farnand is the director of Native American, Prehistoric & Tribal Art at Hindman.

Ms. Farnand has been the director of Native American Art at Cowan’s Auctions since 2003, guiding it from a regional name to one of the category leaders in the country. Now, as part of the Hindman team, she is excited to continue to build and develop this department as Director of Native American, Prehistoric, & Tribal Art.

During her tenure, she has created focused auctions specializing in Historic Native works, jewelry, and Modern and Contemporary Native Arts. Record prices have been set, ranging from an Eastern Plains Three-Bladed Knife Club from the Collection of Marvin L. Lince, Oregon selling for $180,000 to a sculpture by Patrocinio Barela (New Mexican, ca 1900-1964) for $36,000.

As one of the most respected experts in her field, Ms. Farnand has been an appraiser on Antiques Roadshow since 2016. She holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from John Carroll University.


Danica Farnand

Director, Native American, Prehistoric & Tribal Art

Erin Rust

Specialist, Native American, Prehistoric & Tribal Art

Erin Rust is a specialist in the Native American, Prehistoric & Tribal Art department at Hindman.

Ms. Rust began as a specialist in Native American Art and Artifacts at Cowan’s Auctions in 2017, with a focus on Native jewelry and Midwestern prehistoric artifacts. She has also worked on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana and on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Ms. Rust holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design with a minor in History, concentrating in Native Studies, from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Erin Rust

Specialist, Native American, Prehistoric & Tribal Art

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Complimentary Auction Estimates​

You are welcome to submit itemselectronically or to contact any of our offices directly.​​

Our specialists are eager to help you learn more about your collection and current auction sale estimates. ​

To begin an estimate, our specialists will need:​

  • At least 3 photos​
  • Detailed description​
  • Details on signatures or marks

Auction Specialists

Danica Farnand

Director, Native American, Prehistoric & Tribal Art

Erin Rust

Specialist, Native American, Prehistoric & Tribal Art

The Native American, Prehistoric & Tribal Art department is currently accepting consignments for upcoming auctions. To request an electronic evaluation of your property, click the button below and begin the consignment process now.