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        Native American Arts: Regional Focus

        In the pre-Columbian period, and still today, there was enormous diversity in Native American culture and language across different groups and different regions. In North America alone, at the most basic level, there were eleven different Native American cultural areas. These included regions as far south as southern Mexico and as far north as the arctic in northern Canada. In each of these cultural areas, there was a great diversity of peoples and languages. But in each region there was also a degree of cultural and linguistic similarity, which is why it makes sense to discuss these regions as cultural areas. For example, in the southeast region, there are Native American groups like the Choctaw, Caddo, Natchez, Tunica, and many others. While these groups are all different, they share many similarities with each other that they don’t share with groups from areas like the northwest, southwest, or eastern woodlands. Native American art, like Native American culture and language, also reflects the enormous diversity of these people. Likewise, Native American art can also be understood as reflective not only of different smaller groups but also of the larger region. For example, the art of the groups of the southwest produced finely designed pottery, colorful baskets, and intricately decorated woven blankets. In the northwest, by contrast, the art styles included animal-like shapes drawn with smooth, curving lines and carefully decorated totem poles. Review the Media Gallery presented here. Note how the art from different regions across North America were both different and similar. As you do, think about examples of Native American art from the region you live in.

        Map of Native American Cultural Regions in North America

        This is a map of the different cultural regions of North America's Native groups.

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        Art That Tells a Story

        This interactive activity, adapted from material provided by the ECHO partners, presents nice art objects and shows how they can reveal different types of stories.

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