NATIVE APPRAISALS, LLC
Appraisals of:
Native American Collections
North American Materials
American Indian Art


Professional Experience and Qualifications

Biography for Gwen Yeaman, ASA, Native Appraisals, LLC.

Having a foot in both the European and the Woodland Indian Culture is what Gwen Yeaman credits as her source for holistic understanding through more than 20 years of professional success. This perspective has assisted me in recognizing and addressing the very unique needs and values of both cultures. One of the biggest challenges in appraising American Indian Art and Material Culture is in accommodating and including traditional cultural values and commercial market values as required in assignments involving Cultural Patrimony. Gwen protects her ethical integrity as an "independent" professional appraiser and does not participate in the buying and selling of American Indian Art or Artifacts.

In her teens she began primary research and the documentation of what became 20,000 years of North American textile creation and use, tool technology, plant utilization, and Native lifeways. She found that all questions led back to Mother Earth; the source and keeper of this experiential type of knowledge and knowing. Out of this experience came a 15-year lecture circuit as well as teaching these findings to the tribes and specific adult audiences. She served as Adjunct Professor of Native American Religion and Philosophy at the university level and passed on appropriate versions of it all to historians and scholars. Gwen is published in public arenas, scholarly journals, and in trade and commercial venues. She has produced educational and interpretive materials for museums, private and public institutions and cultural organizations however her primary focus is appraising and consulting for professionals who rely on specialized valuation services for their American Indian Art Collections. There are only a handful of qualified appraisers in the country and Gwen's unique background as both a specialized appraiser and consultant is an advantage.

For years Gwen created one-of-a-kind museum quality examples of Native Material Culture for educational institutions using the old ways and harvesting her own materials directly from the land. She serves on boards and panels for State Arts Commissions, the State Library Board, Museum Boards and a variety of Advisory Boards on the local and national level. She has been Associate Producer for Native Sun Productions' Award Winning Documentaries for the History Channel and Executive Director for a PBS documentary. She's served as Special Projects Designer, Director and Grant Writer for many institutions and the past Manager of Educational Public Programming for the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. She continues as both Juror and Judge for high end Art Markets and Exhibitions across the country. Gwen is honored to return again to judge the largest, oldest Indian Markets in the world, SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico and also for Indian Market at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN.

Gwen is an Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) with the American Society of Appraisers and a USPAP qualified appraiser. She has completed the coursework of both The American Society of Appraisers and the International Society of Appraisers and is current with professional changes and requirements in the market. While she is qualified to appraise collections from all regions of North America, one of her most specialized area of expertise is very early Eastern Woodland Collections; many of which she encountered in her younger years living in Europe. Her historical and cultural background contribute to her strength in Provenance Research which, when applied to appraisals, can add credibility to an appraised collection. Her most challenging work has been for the Department of the Interior and the BIA, Fish and Wildlife, State and Federal Courts and for U.S. Customs. Gwen continues to pursue her work with NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and ARPA (Archaeological Resource Protection Act), speaking at the National ARPA Conference to Law Enforcement, Tribal Police, Prosecutors and Agents. Gwen aggressively pursues case precedence studies and expert witnessing as it pertains to Native Affairs and Culture.