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Section 1:
Features
Fashion
Culture
History
Totally Cool
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Art as a method of documenting and writing history. The stories of what is written on the art.
Headdress Frontlet with Bear holding fish. Wood, abalone shell, and paint. 1880-1900.
Artist unknown.
photo image by Lensman Richard Renda.
Waiting on a Sunny Day. Up close and personal. Image by Richard david Renda
(above) photograph by David Weissner;
(below) by Richard Renda
The Rehearsal. The Lindenhurst Choir doing a Summer Medley.
Home
A Day At The Museum
Chilkat Blanket - named for a northern Tlingit Village
are the most spectacular and technically challenging
Native Textiles. This blanket's elaborate design was
first painted onto a wood pattern board then translated
by the weaver into a four color textile. Made from
mountain goat wool twisted around a core of cedar
bark fibers, such blankets are worn over the shoulders
and the fringe sways hypnotically when the wearer
performs a ceremonial dance
A Story Within A Story.
The Native Indians of North America possessed their own way of documenting what happens in Life and also
they have their own way of documenting their emotions and what they feel. It is in their art and their jewelry. If you
look at the creations you learn you are not only looking at beautiful and mystifying items -- but that the Artwork on
each piece tells some story relevant to their life. Example: look at the silver cuff below. It is a beautiful piece of
jewelry with some images on it. In fact the images tell a story of an event. There you see a group of men traveling
down a river in a canoe. The story within a story. The story of a piece jewelry and the story carved on the jewelry.
It reflects the daily happenings of human life. So each piece of art tells a story. Like the story of a bear trying to
find food and trying to catch a fish ... how do you tell that story ?
Canoeing Bracelet - Hunting for food. Made of
Silver and Garnet by Christopher Cook. At the
American Museum of Natural History in New York
City on Central Park West between 77th and 81st
Street. www.AMNH.org
Mask Pendant. Kevin Cranmer's contemporary
pendants reproduce masks in miniature form.
Cranmer Kwakwaka'wakw carver who also
carves totem poles said "I just thought one day
it would be neat to try something small,
something you can wear.
Based on Kiva mural paintings ... Silver Mural by Michael Kabotie (Hopi).
Spider Woman
Bracelet by
Preston
Monongye
(Hopi), inlay by
Lee Yazee
(Navajo) and
Lynn Tanner.
Spider Woman is said to live on top of Spider Rock in
Caynon de Chelly. One story describes Spider Woman
lowering a cord of silk to rescue a young Navajo man
from attackers.
Other stories
describe her
catching and
devouring
children who
misbehave.
Shooting Star Concho Belt by Jessie
Monongya. Turquoise, sugilite, lapis
lazuli, coral, shell, gold, and silver.
Spider Pin. Unkown artist (Navajo) 1900. Silver, turquoise.
Gold carved
Dogfish
Keepsake
Box
On a Bolo Tie
(left) - a story
within a story.
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