Sioux Tribe Culture

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Art 329: World Art April 30, 2011 Two Continents: connecting North and South American Art History The Plains regions is known to the Sioux Tribe as the home. The center portion of Mexico, called Mexico City is the birthplace of the Aztec Tribe. The history of Native American Art is dominant in both of these demographic regions. From the statues, to wall decor, to structural architecture; art for the Native and Mesoamerican Indians was, is, and will always be a way of life. The Sioux Tribe and Aztec harness vast differences, as well as share multiple similarities, most specifically in their traditions. An interesting fact on the Aztec Tribe is their name change. It is said to be that the original name of the Aztec was The Mexica,…show more content…
Red catalinite pipes are preserved today that testifies the great skill and artistry of their individual pipe carvers. Penney makes mention in his book North American Indian Art that, “three can be be atrributed to an unusually gifted Dakota master whose name we do no know but who was active during the 1830s and 1840s.” (pg 118) The “Pipe Bowl” (pg 118) is the piece that this unknown man was most famous for. Inlaid lead was used to create the Pipe Bowl, which portrays a pipe bowl resting atop of a dog’s back. At the back of the pipe itself are two men sitting across from each other at a table drinking brandy. Penney goes to state that “although there were many who condemned the use of alcohol in the fur trade, and still today, it was part and parcel of the business in Minnesota during the 1830s.” (pg. 118) For the Indians in the Dakota region, smoking pipes and and tobacco played a pivotal role in their social and religious agendas. Some of their religious rituals actually required the usage of smoking tobacco. The Ghost Dance took place during the late 1880’s and 1890’s, which promised a way life that consisted of an abundance of buffalo’s and “no-whites” (North American Indian Art pg.112). A traditional Arapho Ghost Dance dress displays crows that were considered messengers, magpies who were the guardian spirits, the Arapho cedar tree and turtle that were part of their origins. It is said that the Lakota Indians made garments similar in nature that could stop
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