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Traditions of the Native American nations

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Rania Afif

on 8 June 2015

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Native Indian Art and Native American Artists
Indian Tribes
Indian Tribes
Natural resources & materials available provided the food and clothing of Native Indians tribe

Weather and the changing seasons affected the way of life

Language, religions, weapons, trading currencies and beliefs were important elements

Way of life were dictated by natural raw materials (animals, fish, birds, plants, nuts, berries & trees)

Their subsistence was to agriculture and hunting
History of Native Americans by each State

Names of the indigenous tribes of Indians who lived in each state are listed and profoundly affected by newcomers to the area

Indigenous people had occupied the land thousands of years before the first European explorers and white settlers arrived

Europeans brought new ideas, customs, religions, weapons, transport, livestock and disease
Traditions of the Native American nations
Native Americans were highly respectful of nature

Never wasted any animal products

Hides, leather, fur, feathers, skins, teeth, claws were all put to good use in creating Indian clothing and ornaments

Indigenous American animals used in creating Native American clothing included buffalo, bear, deer, elk, rabbit, fish (skins), wildcats, otter and snakeskin
Picture of Sauk and Musquake or Fox Indian Clothing
Native American Houses

Houses and homes included a huge variety of different styles

Native Americans often reflected two different types of houses, shelters and homes which suited their lifestyles which changed according to area and season

Native American had a highly complex culture

Their religion was dominated by rituals and belief in a spiritual connection with nature and these beliefs were reflected in the various symbols they used such as the Symbol of Life
The life lessons include:
Building and creating
Gentleness and Beauty
Love and Happiness
Power of creation
Strength and Understanding
Leadership, Power and Ambition
Knowledge and understanding from experience
Friendship and Integrity
Acceptance of change
Harmony and Purity
Acceptance of past life
Death and eternal life
Native Americans believe that butterflies can take a wish up to the Great Spirit

Legend tells that if you capture a butterfly, whisper your wishes and hopes to it, and then release it to the heavens you will be rewarded
The Native American Family
Indian family divided the workload between men and women

Men were responsible for making weapons, hunting and protecting the family

Women were viewed as the hard workers
They looked after the home
and the family including
the building and keep up of
their shelter, making
clothes, fetching water and
preparing food
Traditional Indian painting was usually flat, highly colorful, and two-dimensional
Artists created stone and wood sculptures and mural painting
Over 800 years ago Pueblo artists painted with tempera on woven cotton fabric
Fernando de Alva Cortés (1580 - 1648) painted with ink and watercolor on paper
Native American Clothing
- Use of Animal Products
The Family Symbol
Mother and Child inside a lodge
Fernando de Alva Cortés
Symbol of Life
The Hope Symbol - The Butterfly Icon
Feather Headdress
Fur Parka
War shirt
Elk Clothing
Picture sources:
Mural painting
Watercolor on paper
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