American Indian Culture (Magill's Choice), 3v by Carole A. Barrett, Harvey J. Markowitz (eds.)

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Pots were used for rituals, storing food and water, and cooking and serving food. The quantity and variety of rock art increased. Rock art was near or in villages, on mesa boulders, near hunting trails, or in other open locations. Subjects included birds, animals, hunting scenes, and figures playing the flute. Human handprints covered some cliff walls in massed profusion. Home, village, and the kiva were the focus of community life, which endeavored to encourage and ensure agricultural prosperity.

American Indian people were American Indian Studies / 25 perceived either negatively as an enemy or romantically as part of the environment. In the last decade, scholarship in American Indian studies has changed significantly from this approach. More balanced efforts are being made by American Indian scholars utilizing native languages and tribal sources. All American culture and society is being shown in a new light as a result of the creative images and ideas of American Indian studies. Howard Meredith Sources for Further Study Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

In the mid-twentieth century, younger Woodlands women adapted this style to create the cape dancer’s outfit now often seen at pow-wows. The young dancers whirl in their one-of-a-kind satin shawls decorated with bright, bold appliqués and yards of fringe. For ceremonies and pow-wows, Woodlands men wear aprons and leggings of black velvet decorated in stylized nature designs. These are typically rendered in colorful combinations of appliqué, embroidery, and beads. Ribbonwork. Seminole and Miccosukee women of Florida have raised the use of decorative ribbons to an art form.

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