Long before Europeans set foot on American soil, a diverse band of Native American tribes roamed the lands that comprise North America. Interestingly, Native Americans lived a rich, fulfilling life complete with many traditions and habits which carry on today through museum exhibits and word of mouth. In short, there is a lot of respect for Native Americans among all people.
Native American artwork is one way the spirit of the Native American lives on. Many pieces of Native American artwork portray animals like eagles, bears, walruses, and deer. Collectively, Native Americans were a spiritual people, and animals were beings that deserved respect and reverence. Furthermore, when Native Americans killed animals, they found a purpose for every part of the animal because of their respect for the spirit of said animal.
A lot of Native American artwork depicts nature scenes as well. For the most part, however, people associate Native American art with geometrical, tribal shapes that range from simple to intricate in design. While buffalo skulls and Native American weapons are both certainly a big part of many paintings and other forms of art, by and large, shapes dominate the space. Looking at any famous Native American painting will show you that they had a strong reverence for all things living, and an affinity for placing shapes in appealing places.
Native American crafts are also a big part of their history; many Native Americans are known for their intricate bead work that is often seen on dream catchers, purses, clothing, and blankets. The Navajo Tribe in particular is known for their high quality, hand woven and colorful blankets. There are many camps that actually teach Native American arts and crafts, including creating dream catchers, lacrosse sticks, and jewelry.
All in all, though there were many different Native American tribes throughout the United States, people still celebrate their rich histories and contributions to modern American society. From the modern production of Native American arts and crafts to the celebration of Native traditions like lacrosse, we honor and respect all that Native Americans have done for North America and the world as a whole.