native american art
Traditional arts and crafts of American native groups,
which mostly took form in an attempt to make objects of
utility aesthetically pleasing, came to be known as Native
Designs in various shapes, painted along with beads and
porcupine quills embroidered onto buffalo hide (raw or
tanned - which was used for clothing, covering as well as
storage in the Great Plains), Featherwork and Basketry were
developed in California.
Pottery with the use of strong geometric designs for
decoration is typically South-west Native American Art, as
are the weaving of intricately patterned rugs and
silverpoint which were given to them by the Spanish. This
region also has beautifully carved ‘Kachina dolls’ with
ornamentation as its legacy.
Detailed carving techniques for wood were developed in
the North-western region (which was also heavily forested).
Ostentatious skin and skin and fur garments were created by
Eskimo groups who also sculpted Arctic fauna in stone, bone
With the entry of Europeans, Native American Art began to
slowly lose its utilitarian quality and authenticity. Older
pieces of art soon became a symbol of American cultural
heritage which are debated topics until date. These are
collectors items found in museums all over America today.