Southwest Native American painting covers a great variety of forms, techniques and media that are not easily classifiable.
While all forms must be understood within the context of specific local cultural and temporal traditions, there are common features throughout the Southwest.
(Library of Congress) Waking the Ancestors: Recovering the Lost Sacred Sounds of Colonial America The arrival of the Mayflower in 1620 forever changed the lives of those living on the continent.
This documentary theater program from Plimoth Plantation, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, explores the intersection of two musical traditions: hymns and psalms from Church of England and Calvinist congregations and the sacred songs and dance of the Wampanoag.
Painting traditions continued in the Southwest, on the Plains and the Northwest Coast, often retaining their ritual function, while new styles influenced by Euro-American painting traditions, new materials and new audiences catered to the new market, while providing a means of perserving cultural identities Native American paints were made from naturally occurring mineral pigments, primarily black, obtained from lignite, graphite and charcoal, red from ochres and haematite, and blue or blue-green from copper minerals or soladinite, a blue-green iron-based mineral.
Listen to A Creation Story: Tatanka and the Lakota People, illustrated by Donald F. Learn about the bison and the important relationship it has with Native people of the Great Plains. (National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY) A Celebration of Northwest Coast Dance West Coast First Nations mask-dancing group Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield) and Tsimshian dancers Lepquinm Gumilgit Gagoadim (Our Own Dance in Our Hearts) use humor and theatrical dance to introduce indigenous lifeways of the Northwest Coast.
This release now provides 956 titles, equaling approximately 752 hours.
Other titles will be added as Alexander Street Press works out permission/ownership issues from the Filmakers Library.
The MSU Libraries own many more streaming videos besides the ones listed to the right.
If you want to explore Native American films in Canada or the Latin America, for example, or if you want to explore different topics, take a look at : Filmakers Library Online / Alexander Street Press.