My Native American art look book from the 1600s

My Native American
art look book from the
By: Charlotte Riggins
Why would it be important to you???
Well that’s a good question. To me Native American art is important because it
shows the way art started out in the beginning, it shows how a lot of things started
out for example: jewelry, they wore jewelry back then just like many people do
today but they made it by hand and it had more meaning to it. Everything back then
had more meaning to it than it does today. The reason I think it should be
important to you is because it shows you how different yet related are 2
life's really are, I mean back then if you wanted something you had to literally
make it yourself like if u wanted clothes back then you would have to shoot an
animal ,skin it, and stitch it up. But if you wanted clothes during this time you would
just have to go to the store and buy some. we are similar because we all liked and
used similar things like paint and canvas’s , also jewelry, and homes. Things back
then were just harder to get then they are now and not enough people realize that.
Some Native American jewelry was made from pebbles and stones.
They carved animals from the stones to put on their necklaces
There were different types of head pieces for men and women.
Men: men usually were the ones who wore large head pieces.
Which were usually made from feathers.
women: usually wore one big feather on the back of their heads,
a headband across their foreheads,
or just wore their hair in simple braids.
There are some famous female Native Americans you may know.
Like Pocahontas and Sacajawea.
•Sacajawea, also known as Sacagawea (c.1786–1812), was famous as a
Shoshone Indian guide and interpreter. She guided the Lewis and Clark
expedition through the wilderness and across the Rockies from 1804–
•Pocahontas is a famous Disney princess.
•Also, Pocahontas (c.1595–1617) was
famous as the daughter of Chief Powhatan
who was an Algonquian chief in Virginia.
Pocahontas befriended the English at
Jamestown and according to John Smith, she
rescued him from death at the hands of her
father. In 1612, she was seized as a hostage
by the English, and she later converted to
Christianity and married colonist John Rolfe
Native American Art - Beadwork
Beadwork, using glass beads, has been in use for almost five centuries in
the North America. The glass beads were imported from Europe and Asia.
Often the artwork created using beads included lines of beads which were
stitched to emphasize the imagery. Iroquois tribe are well known for
"embossed" beading in which strings pulled taunt force beads to pop up
from the surface, which create a bas-relief
American Indian Art - Jewelry
The Native Indians of North America created jewelry and adornments from a
variety of animal teeth, animal claws, shells, bones, hide, vegetal fibers,
woods, precious and semi-precious gemstones. Many were adept at beadwork
and quillwork to create jewelry. Beads were made from turquoise, coral, and
shell. Different types of Native American jewelry included chokers,
armbands, breastplates, pins, earrings, and necklaces.
Color Meanings and Symbolism Chart
Color Meanings & Symbolism
of Face Paint
Color Meanings & Symbolism
of War Paint
Victory and Success
Power, Aggression & Strength
Faith, Beauty and Happiness
Blood, Violence & Energy
Sharing, Purity and Light
Yellow / Orange
Intellect and Determination
Nature, Harmony and Healing
Wisdom and Intuition
Willing to fight to the Death
A sacred color and symbolized power ,mystery and magic
Color Meanings and Symbolism Chart
Meaning of Colors - The Medicine Wheel
The Circle of Life, is often depicted in the Medicine Wheel which
contains color meanings and symbolism. The circle and the four
equal parts and colors of the medicine wheel represent the lifespan
of man and its colors and meanings are as follows:
•Birth is represented by the color red
•Growth is represented by the color yellow
•Maturity is represented by the color black
•Death is represented by the color white
Native American Art - Pictographs
Rock Art - Pictographs are images drawn or painted on a rock face. The
term 'pictograph' is derived from the Latin word 'pictus', past participle of
'pingere', meaning to paint. Pictographs consist of pictures, or picture-like
symbols and art work, that tell a story or represent an idea or used to
express an artistic or religious meaning.
Native American Art - Pictograms and Picture Drawings
Many of the Native American Indian tribes did not use an alphabet
but they conveyed their ideas in basic pictures of visible objects
which they engraved as art work upon smooth stones, the bark of
trees, and drew on the skins of animals which the Native American
Indian made into their clothes and tepees.
Native American Art - Petro glyphs
Petroglyphs are a form of Rock Art. Petroglyphs are drawings or
carvings often found on the surface of rocks or caves which
were created by past civilizations of Native American Indians.
Petroglyphs consist of a design, motif, pattern or symbols
engraved on stone. Petroglyphs are created by removing part of
a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, and abrading
How they made paints
Roots, berries, plants, flowers, and tree barks are most commonly used to
make the dyes for painting. These natural raw materials are ground and made
to a paste to make the dye.
Native American Clothing - Use of Animal Products
The Native Americans were highly respectful of nature and never
wasted any animal products. Hides, leather, fur, feathers, skins, teeth,
claws were all put to good use in creating Indian clothing and
ornaments. The indigenous American animals used in creating Native
American clothing included buffalo, bear, deer, elk, moose, rabbit, fish
(skins), weasel, wildcats, otter, ermine and snakeskin.
Native American Art - Tree Pictures
American Indian Symbols were carved into trees by
Native American Indians in the form of tree picture art.
Trees were permanent natural structures and an ideal
'canvas' for Native Indian artists and shamans who wanted
to record events that were important to their history and
could be seen via this unique art form by later generations.
Totem Pole Art - Design and Artwork
Totem pole art is a reflection of the customs and heritage of Northwest
Indians. Each specimen of Totem Pole Art tells a story. The stories tell
of the animals and supernatural beings who helped found family lineages or
commemorated special events in the lives of the people or the legends or
the tribes and their cultural histories. The design and painting of the
carvings and symbols on a Totem Pole require a knowledge of the tribal
history and traditions of each tribe.
Meaning of Colors on Sand Paintings
Sand painting designs are based on five sacred colors. The Navajo believe
that the colors yellow, blue, white, and black were of great significance and
meaning as they represent four sacred mountains and the four cardinal
directions. The color red was also used to represent the sunshine and the
Spiritual life
•Blue meaning: The blue mountains brought the dawn and represented the
•Yellow meaning: The yellow mountains represented twilight and the West
•Black meaning: The black mountains brought the night and represented the
•White meaning: When the white mountains rose it was day and represented
the East
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