NATIVE AMERICAN ART BY THE FIRST NATIONS OF NORTH AMERICA
Inspired by tradition and nature, native american art manifests itself by its authentic character. Even if the mediums and forms vary from culture to culture, the spirit of respecting the ancestors and the environment remains. These themes are represented in stone and in wood sculptures, through jewellery or even via useful objects such as peace pipes, clothing or knives. Because the subject is vast, we will broach specifically these first nation communities: Inuit, Algonquin, Iroquois, Haida, Navajo, Zuni and Hopi.
FIRST NATIONS FAMILIES
The three major first nation families of north-eastern America are the Inuit, the Algonquin and the Iroquois. They are distinguished by an art that is ever-present with animals, scenes of hunting and harvesting, and activities linked to community life. These representations are often close to reality and the colours used are natural.
NATIVE AMERICAN ART: SCULPTURE, JEWELLERY AND CLOTHING
Featured among their specialities are stone sculptures, mocassins, dreamcatchers and a wide variety of jewellery. It is common practice to use leather, feathers, furs, claws and animal teeth as raw materials in their art and decorum.
ANIMALS AND NATIVE AMERICAN SYMBOLS
The most popular animals in native american culture are the wolf, the bear, the moose, the deer, the fox, the beaver, the lynx, the seal, the raven and the eagle. The inukshuk, which means “likeness of man”, is a recurrent Inuit symbol. Its purpose is to guide the Inuits through the arctic desert.