I began my journey in the Americas in North America. This is a house partition screen from the house of Chief Shakes of Wrangell, Canada (Cothren & Stokstad, 2011, p.849). It is from the Tlingit people, circa 1840. It is made from cedar, paint and human hair, and is currently at the Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado.
The house of Chief Shakes of Wrangell, Canada. Tlingit people, c. 1840. Cedar, paint, and human hair, 15 × 8′ (4.57 × 2.74 m). Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado.
As you can see, it is full of animal imagery. My friends, we do not usually have so many animal references in our works of art, so let me explain them. The bears are symbols of their animal or animal-human ancestors (Cothren & Stokstad, 2011, p.849). It symbolizes the power and presence of the ancestral figures. Emerging from behind this partition also gave the owner great power. Notice the beautiful colors and numerous animals on this partition.
Upper Missouri River area. Eastern Sioux, 19th century. Wooden board, buckskin, porcupine quill, length 31″ (78.8 cm). Department of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, D.C. Catalogue No. 7311
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... sign? We do not know if future archeologists will understand their significance.
I hope that my next journey will bring more wonders to my attention, and then I can bring home more works of art foreign to us. Only by exploring the world can we understand it.
Cothren, M. & Marilyn Stokstad. (2011). Art History, Volume 2, 4th Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Learning Solutions.
Pringle, H. (2013, June 27). First Unlooted Royal Tomb of Its Kind Unearthed in Peru. In NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Retrieved February 4, 2014, from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/130627-peru-archaeology-wari-south-america-human-sacrifice-royal-ancient-world/.
South University Online. (2013). HUM 1002: History of Art from the Middle Ages to Modern Times: Week 4: Art of the Americas: 14th Century to the Present. Retrieved from myeclassonline.com
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