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Only the interiors of the pieces are glazed for firing and left glossy and water-resistant when done.

One seldom contests this natural wonder, but the debate persists on created Nemadji Pottery.

Are the origins of this stunning pottery Native American or of some other culture?

The first piece of Nemadji found its way into my home in 1983, the year I moved to Moose Lake, Minnesota.

I stumbled across the pot in the bottom of a cardboard box at a Saturday morning garage sale.

There are those who are “lefties” such as my brother Michael, but they hardly constitute an entire tribe!

Even more elaborate mythic musings have been generated based on the markings of Indian heads, canoes, etc., on the bottom of the pottery, which surely must confirm that these beautiful pieces are exotic art crafted by Native Americans. Nor are Ojibwa folk or other tribal nations the perpetrators of such inaccurate notions. Nemadji Tile and Pottery started production in Moose Lake, Minnesota, in 1923. It is typified by its swirled paint look, which was developed by Eric Hellman in 1929. Nonetheless, in the end, what’s truly remarkable about Nemadji Pottery isn’t the craftsmen who fashioned and fired it but the inherent breathtaking beauty of the clay revealed once fired.

On the bottom of the little red clay pot was a stamp mark, made in black ink. Had this little treasure somehow cast a spell upon me? There I was, about to buy something that didn’t even have a price tag on it. “That’s a piece of that Nemadji crap.” “Nemadji,” I slowly repeated. Those nuggets have been put together for you in The Myth and Magic of Nemadji “Indian” Pottery; History, Identification and Value Guide.

It read, “Hand Made Nemadji Indian Pottery (From Native Clay).” I wondered if this little pot had indeed been made by Indians. When it was my turn to pay for my purchases I asked the seller what she knew about the pot. I’m calling this a first edition because I have learned there is always one more thing to learn about Nemadji Pottery.

Now, we have stated in the descriptions of the Nemadji Pottery pieces sold at Dogbotz Boneyard that the works are not Native American, despite the fact that the word itself, which translates loosely as “left-handed,” is Ojibwa (also known as Chippewa) in origin.

And for many, it follows that, if the pottery bears a Native American name, it must be crafted by Native Americans. There are numerous misinformed folks, including some collectors (which I find phenomenal), who believe that Nemadji Pottery must have been made by American Indians because the pieces are made from “native clay.” Hmmm, really?

I have no doubt “that one more thing” will be included in a second edition.

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