Alaskan Native art is the arts and crafts made by the native people of Alaska. Various scams have been perpetrated in the sale of these items. Very often, consumers do not take the time to inform themselves of what they are buying before they purchase what they think is Alaskan Native Art.
The law states that items made after 1935 that are marketed as "Indian," "Alaska Native," or "Native American," must have been made by a recognized tribe or a certified native artisan. To become a certified native artisan, individuals are certified by their tribe's governing body as a non-member artisan. When the seller uses terms like "heritage," "ancestry," and "descent" in connection with "Alaskan Native," the craftsperson is not necessarily a member of an native tribe or even certified by the tribe. However, they must still be honestly used.
Alaskan Native art is sold in a number of venues. If you want to make sure you are getting what you pay for:
There are certain things that you can look for when determining whether the item is fake or authentic.
If you have lost a substantial amount of money to an Alaskan Native Art scam, you may wish to contact an experienced lawyer. An attorney can help you recover damages for your loss.
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