Native American Art
Enjoy the fascinating world of American Indian arts and crafts here at TheWildWest.org. Not too long ago, American Indian arts and crafts, such as basket weaving, rug weaving, jewelry making, pottery, bead work and Kachina dolls were considered "novelties" or "trinkets" to be brought home from road trips or vacations. Music and dance were confined to the Native American world or offered in tourist attractions as an illustration of a lifestyle unknown to many people. Over the past few decades however, in conjunction with a heightened interest in all things Native American, came a vast and varied interest in their art and crafts, especially jewelry and pottery. Expression in the art and dance among North America's indigenous peoples is many faceted, as much a part of life in the form of function and ceremony as it is decoration or performance. Today American Indian arts have been "discovered", and more important, appreciated, and a large cross section of humanity is enjoying its intrinsic excellence, vitality, originality and tradition they offer to the heart and head.