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The Love Of Native American Art

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There are many ways in which Native American art can be manifested. Some of the most well known are pottery pieces. The skill and creative thoughts of the potter can easily be seen in pots, jars, and bowls. While some of this pottery is made along strictly traditional lines, many Indian artists combine ancient design with their own artistic thoughts. Besides pottery, Native American art is rich in carvings, both large and small. Everything from tiny animal fetishes to totem poles contributes to the Indian carving culture.

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. They often use walrus ivory for their work, and a reflection of life near the ocean is often present in their work. Northwest Indians are known for their skill in crafting masks and totem poles. The plains Indians produced drums, pipes, and lances. All of these traditional items can help to complete your home decor.

When a decision is made to begin a collection of Native American art, the only trouble will be deciding where to begin. 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.

Modern baskets can even be part of a collection of antique ones, linking the present and the past.

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. It would be a good idea to stay with pieces created by Native Americans when searching for Indian art. This will assure you that centuries of cultural tradition help to make the piece you are adding. Helping to unify your home, Native American art may be used on the wall, table, mantle and floor. Some may prefer to stay with one artist or tribe, while others will want to add a variety of pieces. No matter which method you choose in collecting, it cannot be denied that this art work will enliven and personalize your home.

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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