Native American Art

  • For many Native Americans, the dragonfly represents our Ancestors. It is a very important symbol of transformation and changing of worlds. Even when our loved ones aregone, they are always with us… Artist: Antionette Tribe: Unknown
  • Native Americans photographed by Edward S. Curtis called him ‘shadow catcher’, but the images he captured were far more powerful than mere shadows. The men, women, and children seem as alive today as when Curtis took their pictures in the early part of the 20th century. Artist: Lomboy Tribe: Grand Ronde
  • In tribes, such as the Blackfoot and Apache, Fox is associated with fire and the sun, and according to some myths, it was Fox who stole fire to bring to the people. Artist: Tad Pole Tribe: Unknown
  • Most Native Americans refer to the moon as “Grandmother Moon”. The moon is a feminine symbol, and Native people consider the moon sacred. Without the moon, the tides of the ocean would not move. Without the moon, the earth would spin out of control. Our crops were planted according to the moon, and our calendars were kept by monitoring the moon. There are 13 full moons in one calendar year. Native Americans hold deep respect for our Grandmother the Moon.
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    Children are considered a sacred gift from the Creator. Young ones are always included in ceremonial practices. It is not unusual to see small Native children sleeping soundly during Pow Wows and Ceremonies, as the drumming and singing continue throughout the night. Artist: Victor Tribe: Unknown
  • Kicking Bear fought in the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25th, 1876. The artist states he drew the chief after watching the documentary Battle of the Little Big Horn, several times. Artist: E. Big Back Tribe: Northern Cheyenne
  • We are told that the Cherokee Medicine People travel to the rock caves to meet with the Little People and share in their secrets. Medicine people are still today an integral part of the traditional Native American lifestyle. Artist: Noe Tribe: Mayan
  • “Looks Within” is about introspection and awakening the spirit. “Looks Within” was presented to Red Lodge Transition Services on August 4th, 2012 at the 28th Annual Big Yard Pow Wow by the Lakota Club, behind the Iron Doors of the Oregon State Penitentiary (O.S.P.). The Lakota Club is one of the oldest Activities clubs functioning today behind the massive grey walls that surround this historic correctional facility; a fully functioning city that houses almost 3,000 men. Community Artist: Griggs Tribe: Cherokee Descendent
  • Native Americans refer to the earth as Mother Earth. The earth is a feminine symbol, and Native people consider themselves to be caretakers of the Earth. We must care for her and respect her… love her. Her beauty and bounty is beyond comprehension. Her medicine and life blood (water) is essential to all who inhabit her. Artist: Dirk Tribe: Blackfoot
  • One of the oldest form of Native American Women’s Dance is Buckskin. This is a dance of elegance and grace. The movement is smooth and flowing. The ladies wear fine, hand-crafted buckskin dresses, decorated with intricate bead designs. A shawl is carried on the arm and a fan in the opposite hand Artist: Tadpole Tribe: Unknown
  • Raven is considered a mystical and magical creature. It is the guardian of ceremonial magic. Raven is a trickster, a shape shifter…. Raven is also considered a story teller. Raven has been around since the beginning of time. Artist: Ravenwolf Tribe: Koyukan Athabaskan-Muscogee Creek
  • The Red Road is a phrase used by many Native American people to describe a way of life. The Red Road represents walking in balance, and for many people it represents living a clean and sober lifestyle. Artist: Ravenwolf Tribe: Koyukan Athabaskan-Muscogee Creek