Arts and Crafts
American Indian Crafts, Customs and Culture
The arts and crafts of the American Indian are among the great traditions of the world. The thread that runs through the folk art of all peoples is a significant one. My hope is that Americans will amass collections of native american crafts and indigenous art, create documentation, and organize exhibitions to preserve American Indian art and culture for future generations.
These efforts preserve not only the objects themselves, but the ideas and emotions that arise from the making and studying of these objects - from holding them, touching them, to passing on the stories behind their creation. These ideas and emotions fulfill endless human needs - to connect to the raw materials of the earth, to respect and honor ancestral tradition, and to experience the continuity of life and the spirit. We must understand the legacy of what native american crafts and art stood for and are - - an all-encompassing expression of the best that is human.