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FOLK ART Jared ODonnell English 52001 Native American folk art is an ancient tradition different for each group of natives Each group has a unique form of art which varies from pottery to blankets Native American folk art tends to serve a purpose unlike that familiar art forms derived Western European countries The Native Americans who originated in the Southwest have unmatched styles The Anasazi are an ancient group of Native Americans whose descendants are believed to be the Pueblo people The Anasazi dwelled on the plateaus located around the four corners located in the Southwest Their artistic contribution was pottery with complex designs The Anasazis painted pottery was used for ceremonies as well as practical uses These pots became an important aesthetic medium and were produced in abundance The Anasazi tradition of fabricating clay pots lasted from 1100-1300 CE For the most part the pots where made of a whitish clay and consisted of stylized geometric patterns and lines defined with black paint The clay they preferred contained large amounts of carbon and when fired in a oxygen deprived atmosphere The Anasazi will long be remembered for there elaborate geometric pottery The Hopi are a people occupying a number of pueblos in northeastern Arizona The Hopi have a complex religion with various gods and spirits such as the Sun Earth Mother Sky Father the Moon and the Horned Serpent The Hopi are well known for their crafts including pottery textiles kachina dolls silverwork and coiled and wicker basketry Today Hopi potters produce black-on-red black-on-white black and red on white and plain red containers In addition to trade ware the Hopi still make pottery for their own use The design on contemporary Hopi pottery is more evenly spaced in formal divided bands and often contains curving lines which are representations of birds and
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