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ERIC Number: ED481924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 49
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Surrounded by Beauty: Arts of Native America.
Native American languages have no equivalent for the word "art." Yet the objects Native Americans have used and still use suggest that they are a highly spiritual people who create objects of extraordinary beauty. In Native American thought, there is no distinction between what is beautiful or functional, and what is sacred or secular. Design goes far beyond concerns of function, and beauty is much more than simple appearances. Some Native American artists continue traditions of their ancestors, while others transform those traditions in new and innovative ways. This packet on the arts of Native Americans provides an overview of the history and culture of Native Americans. The packet presents information about the Native Americans of the Mississippi Valley and their arts. It discusses the arts of the Native Americans of the Northeast Woodlands. The packet introduces the Native Americans of the Northwest and their art, followed with information about the Plains Indians and their arts. The packet concludes with information on the Southwest Indians and their arts. Each section of the packet provides many colorful, detailed illustrations and explanations of Indian artifacts and crafts. Contains a glossary and lists tribal Web sites. (BT)
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Tel: 612-870-3131; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A