Background[ edit ] Hudson River School landscape painter Albert Bierstadt — was born in Germany, and, though his family moved to New Bedford, Massachusettswhen he was two, he spent many of his formative years in Europe. The peak was named after Frederick W.
Effigy head pot, Nodena Site, from the Mississippian culture c. The North American Indian was primarily a hunter and food gatherer. His way of life was bound to conflict with the new settlers from Europe, whose agricultural enclosures drove the Indian from his home ground.
It is difficult for men to appreciate the culture and art of a bitter enemy, and for most of the history of North America the settler was in a state of perpetual warfare against the Indian, until the latter was almost destroyed both physically and culturally.
The settlement of North America is perhaps the most complete in history, and the crafts of the native Indian inhabitants have only really become appreciated as the culture that produced them is dying.
For too many 19th century Americans living in the large cities and towns of the east coast, the nearest they got to native American art was the pictures of Frederic Remington - the famous portrayer of the Cowboy West - and the frontier landscapes of Thomas ColeGeorge Caleb BinghamFrederic Edwin Churchand Albert Bierstadt North American Indian Art To appreciate the nature of the tribal art of the Indian peoples of North America, one has to visualise cultures in which daily life, religious belief and artistic expression are not seen as separate activities but as communal rituals, celebrating either the power of nature and supernatural forces or some essential human activity such as hunting.
Once we recognise the nature and purpose of decorative art in North American Indian civilisation, we can respond to the design and symbolism of a whole range of American Indian folk artincluding, baskets, blankets, pots, murals, beadwork on pouches and bags, head masks and sculpture.
To put it another way, Native American Indian art was not intended to be appreciated purely for its aesthetics: For an iconic painting by a non-Indian which reflects some of the environmental values of the American frontier states, like New Mexico, see: Early Woodland Art The North American continent was first peopled by hunters who crossed from Siberia across the Bering Straits about 25, years ago.
Gradually with the cultivation of maize, nomadic hunting communities became settled agricultural ones, and the making of effigies, pipes and other cult objects became distinctive elements in a diverse culture that spread along the eastern seaboard area of North America known as the woodlands.
Although there were several distinct cultures within the region, they all buried their dead in earthen mounds, which has led to the preservation of much of their art. Due to this practice, the cultures as a whole are referred to as the Mound builders.
The Woodland Period spanned roughly two thousand years: Early Woodland culture is noted for the ceramic art and pots of the Deptford culture c. During the Middle Woodland culture, two areas in particular developed a strong culture of visual artthe Hopewell near Ohio CE and the Mississippian CE see below.
The Hopewell Turner mound serpent made from mica is thought to be a clothing ornament and its production was based on a technology that included whetstones, grindstones, hand hammers, chisels and flint knives. Many of these objects have been found in burial mounds together with stone tobacco pipes decorated with bird imagery, and ornaments of stone, flint, mica and pearl.
The Hopewell artists also left fine pottery, textile fragments and miniature clay figures often with infants on their backs, kneeling or standing, representing the first clearly humanistic genre in Native American Indian art. In addition, they produced a wide range of jewellery and sculpture in soft stone, wood, and even human bone.
A settled culture, based on maize agriculture, its people built a more complex form of platform mound and evolved more advanced pottery techniques. Mississippian culture artifacts include shell chokers and cups, small-scale figurative stone sculpturecopper plates like the Wulfing cache, and ceremonial masks.
African Art as well as Oceanic Art. Animals like the otter and the muskrat became clan symbols, and medicine bags were made from their pelts to appease the essences of Nature.
A beautiful 18th-century Michigan pouch celebrates the power of the underwater panther, a very widespread image of unpredictable force.
The encounters between this woodland culture and the first European colonists from the 16th century onwards led in many instances to the complete destruction by warfare or disease or removal further west of the woodland peoples.
We can, however, gain a sense of the naturalistic power of the arts of this woodland culture from such artifacts as the mantle of Powhatan the leader of the Algonquin tribes shortly before the founding of the Jamestown colony inor from the embroidered belts, porcupine quill-work, pouches and moccasins that continue to be made to the present day.
However, most wooden items that are carved and painted, date from the 1st century CE onwards. They include animal carvings, face masks, tablets, plaques and human effigies from the unique Key Marco Hoard, uncovered by archeologists inwhich included some of the finest Neolithic Native American Indian art ever found in the United States.
Among the various tribes of the south-east, the Seminoles are famous for their crafts, notably textile art, including doll-making and patchwork clothes. Tribes have inhabited the Great Plains for millennia. It was here, in Oklahoma, that a unique piece of prehistoric art - the Cooper Bison Skull, the oldest painted object in the history of Native American Indian art - was discovered, dating to the Paleolithic culture of 10, BCE.
Historically, the early Plains cultures are divided into four eras: For more about very early cultures, see also: A distinctive nomadic culture developed in the plains built around the horse and the buffalo, though there were also some agricultural communities.
Many of the tribes, the Sioux, the Commanche and the Blackfeet were warrior societies with a complex system of honours and rewards signified by pipes, feathered bonnets, horse-hair and scalp-fringed war-shirts, and medicine hoops, all decorated with signs and emblems.
Face painting as well as all-over body painting was practised as battle and hunting scenes were painted on to skin robes and rawhide, with paints made from coloured earths.
Other forms of Indian body art included tattoos and piercings. Beadwork was an essential part of Plains Art. A hundred and twenty thousand beads have been counted on a single Commanche cradle.
Other types of Indian applied art from the plains included porcupine quill embroidery, and jewellery art made from dentalium shells and elk teeth. In the Plateau region, also called the Intermontaine and upper Great Basin, tribes like the Yakama, Umatilla, Cayuse, Paiute, Shoshone and Washoe, practice weaving, beading and basket-making.The Darvish Collection, Inc.
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