A Song to the Creator: Traditional Arts of Native American by Lillian A. Ackerman

By Lillian A. Ackerman

Among local American Plateau humans, girls are vital tradition bearers, accountable for passing non secular values from one iteration to the subsequent through many ability, together with guide paintings varieties, tales, and songs. This publication explores all of the Plateau arts by way of local American legends and poems, articles by means of numerous students, and interviews with local American ladies artists.

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The sky began to turn from blue to pink and gold. Grandmother reached up to the top of her head to smooth her rumpled white hair, ran her hands down to the end of her tiny braids. She smoothed the wrinkles from her faded calico wing dress, and then she lifted her chin and, with eyes closed, silently offered her prayer to the Creator toward the east, as the sun peeked over the horizon. " I inserted the tape into the recorder and we started. It is midsummer when most traditional families are camped in the mountains or down by the Columbia River, involved in various activities like gathering roots and berries and drying fish and deer meat for winter.

Wisdom flows gradually in its own time. They let their actions and accomplishments speak for themselves. Traditional Plateau artists practice their art mostly for noneconomic reasons. They are not looking for fame but for connections, to enable Plateau culture and heritage to live on. During the time as hunters and gatherers, Plateau women had many reasons to meet for ceremonies, trades, and festive occasions. These times were celebrated with music and gift giving. Women made whatever the occasion called for: woven items, clothes, jewelry, bags, or baskets.

Inside is a young girl looking frightened. Her clothes are rumpled; her eyes are covered with a dark cloth. Beside her is a long scratching stick. Whether she knows it or not, this is the end of her childhood and the beginning of womanhood. The girl is not allowed to look at her food; she cannot eat fresh fish or meat. When her body has an itch she cannot scratch with her hands. She must use the stick. Her hair is combed by an attendant. She is not allowed to touch her hair. She is confined thus for the entire length of her first menstrual period.

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