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Collecting Native American Art

December 18th, 2010

Art constitutes an individual’s attempt to bring a part of the world through his or her mind to others. It is an attempt to communicate. Native Americans have found many avenues in which to do this. Although painting is a somewhat later addition to the Indian artistic tradition, this is now being carried on by many Native American artists. Besides painting, there are rugs, jewelry, pottery, and carving to add to the list of the art of the first Americans. Most Indian artists rely on both their own imagination and the rich cultural traditions of their tribe. Native American art is distinctive and unique.

Throughout the past centuries, appreciation of Native American art has increased. Early tourists to the American Southwest were eager to buy rugs and pottery made by Navajo and Zuni artists. This proud artistic tradition has flowered and expanded over the years. Many Native American artists work to create unique and original works of art. The Inuit are renowned for their skill in carving. A reflection of life near the ocean is present in their work as they often use walrus ivory for their pieces. Northwest Indians are known for their skill in crafting masks and totem poles. Drums, pipes and lances were produced by the Plains Indians. Helping to complete your decor needs, these traditional items will be a welcome addition.

The only trouble will be deciding where to begin when beginning a collection of Native American art. It would probably be best to focus on some element of Indian art that attracts you immediately. A collection of hand made baskets, either from one tribe, or from many could be a good way to begin. A Native American basket collection can be a fascinating addition to your home due to the wide range of sizes, materials, and construction methods used. Linking the present and the past, modern baskets can even be part of a collection of antique ones.

Adding Native American art to your home will help to make your western or rustic decor more complete. A few randomly selected items, such as a horse hair pot, a headdress, a decorated warrior’s war shirt, or a large dream catcher can really bring the ambiance of the Indian into your home. When looking for Indian art, it would be a good idea to stay with pieces created by Native Americans. The pieces added will hold centuries of cultural tradition. Helping to unify your home, Native American art may be used on the wall, table, mantle and floor. Some will want to add a variety of pieces while others may prefer to stay with an individual artist or tribe. It cannot be denied that this art work will enliven and personalize your home no matter which method you choose in collecting.

Author Craig Chambers offers more about Native American art on his website. You should also get his monthly newsletter, online discounts and download his popular free ebook from http://www.missiondelrey.com

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