NATIVE AMERICANS EXPRESS THEIR CULTURE IN
MANY DIFFERENT FORMS OF ART
In the 19th century dance became a religion for
Native American’s when a man named Wovoka
whom was believed to be a Messiah told the Natives
that Spirits showed him movements and songs that
regenerate the earth.
HOW DID THIS DANCE BEGIN
WHAT DO THEY DANCE FOR?
Contact with their deceased
Natives believe that it is
possible connect with their
loved ones that have died.
Natives believe that dancing to
their gods is a natural way of
Unification between rival tribes
Natives believe that they dance
can bring rival tribes closer
together by setting aside their
differences with dance.
Native American Instruments in Song
Native Americans use various musical instruments while singing these instruments
included drums, flutes, rain sticks and guitars.
Native American Voices in Song
Although Native Americans use instruments with their songs the key focus is their
voices. Voice is very important to the Natives. Singing varies tremendously
amongst all of the tribes.
Along with dance the Native Americans sing for
healing, bringing forward spirits and for connecting
with their deceased loved ones.
Combined with dance the Natives believe that
singing can help heal the earth by asking for rain for
Men and women do not practice this in the same
way. Women sing and dance in place and the Men
dance and sing while moving around typically in
WHAT DO THEY SING FOR?
Native American Basket Weaving
Native American Baskets can date back to almost 12,000 years old. Basket weavers
were typically women and children. Baskets used on a daily basis for carrying items
such as plants, food, nuts and they were even woven tight enough to carry water
WHAT ELSE DID THEY USE BASKETS FOR?
In the early days Native
Americans used their
baskets, beads and fur
to trade with the
Americans for items
such as tobacco, money,
and foods they did not
have access to.
They also traded their
baskets with other
tribes. Not all tribes
used the same colors or
had the same patterns,
this made trade
desirable to them.
NATIVE AMERICANS USE FACE PAINT AND TATTOOS AS A FORM OF EXPRESSION
AND FEELINGS. SOME ALSO USE IT AS A TRADITION TO PASS DOWN FROM TRIBE TO
TRIBE. TATTOOS CAN BE USED TO IDENTIFY WHAT TRIBE A MEMBER BELONGS TO.
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