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Native arts and crafts in St. Paul

Looking for the perfect gift that’s original, beautiful, and has a special Minnesota connection?  Black Bear Crossings has unique native arts and crafts available for purchase, from wild rice to earrings and dream catchers to baskets. Head into the Pavilion’s café in St. Paul and peruse the beautiful items the next time you’re shopping for a special gift.

Wedding Gifts: If you’re tired of perusing a generic gift registry, look for the perfect wedding gift while enjoying gorgeous views and admiring the scenery in Como Park. How about a wedding vase?  This distinctive gift comes from Native American tribes in the southwestern part of the United States. The vases have two spouts, one for the groom and one for the bride, and were traditionally given to the newlyweds from the groom’s family.

wedding st. paulHostess Gifts: Wild rice is the quintessential Minnesota dish, and the rice sold at Black Bear Crossings is hand harvested and wood parched by hand. Birch winnowing baskets would also be a thoughtful gift.

gift ideas st. paulBirthday Gifts: Earrings and bracelets made from porcupine quills are unique and have a special flair.

native arts and crafts st. paulSpecial Occasion: How about a dream catcher for a graduation gift?  Or perhaps a Zuni carving—a stone carving of animals, such as bears and turtles, that hold special significance to tribes in the southwest. A spiritual item, a hunter would use it while praying for his arrow to fly straight so his prey would not suffer. These Zuni fetish carvings are also a means of giving thanks to animals that died so that the Native Americans would have food to survive.

shopping st. paulWhatever your occasion, skip the big box store and try out a unique gift of native jewelry or a beautiful dream catcher—something that has special meaning and will be cherished, whatever the occasion.

Located in the historic Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul, Minnesota, Black Bear Crossings manages one of the best coffee shops and gourmet cafés in St. Paul. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Black Bear Crossings also hosts music and events in the park, community meetings and is the ideal historic wedding venue in St. Paul.