Native American Art Of The 21st Century

Writing about Native American art of the 21st century is an exercise that inevitably leads us to enter a complex universe of ancient traditions and to examine the transformations, adaptations and adoptions that they have experienced throughout a continuous evolution, virtually uninterrupted. Contemporary Indigenous art is enriched and nourished by its rich past, without disregarding its place and its own voice on the stage of art, in its most global and current sense. It plays the double role of giving continuity to the forms inherited for generations and also of claiming a current presence, as an identity in resistance to the invisibility imposed from the outside, by colonialism that, although stifled by the centuries, has changed skin and endures to the present day.

It would be wrong to think that the Native art of the 21st century is a kind of “island” that can only be accessed by those who have dedicated themselves to the study of indigenous art and culture. On the contrary, Native Art goes through the sensibility of any art lover, specialist or not. Even, in the unlikely possibility that we were totally devoid of any historical and cultural reference point on Native communities, the qualities of the works, namely: their level of sophistication, intelligence and quality of execution, are evident to any type of public, including the most profane. Contemporary indigenous art is not an island, we said, and this is so, partly also because of the fact that artists are also not unlinked beings from an increasingly globalized world. These live by our side, and they are connected to our contemporary global experience, they have been trained in renowned art academies in many cases, they are lovers of jazz, Napalm Death or progressive rock. They share their creative experience through Facebook and Instagram, live their day-to-day lives in urban centres such as Chicago, Las Vegas or Santa Fe. Native artists are members of their traditional communities and, at the same time, active members of the contemporary society and “citizens of the world”, without this last fact separating them from the deep feeling of respect and love for their original history and culture, nor the prevailing desire to constantly and daily relearn their own traditions and languages. They are lovers of jazz, Napalm Death or progressive rock. They share their creative experience through Facebook and Instagram, live their day-to-day lives in urban centres such as Chicago, Las Vegas or Santa Fe.

Native artists are members of their traditional communities and, at the same time, active members of the contemporary society and “citizens of the world”, without this last fact separating them from the deep feeling of respect and love for their original history and culture, nor the prevailing desire to constantly and daily relearn their own traditions and languages. They are lovers of jazz, Napalm Death or progressive rock. They share their creative experience through Facebook and Instagram, live their day-to-day lives in urban centres such as Chicago, Las Vegas or Santa Fe.

12 Facts About The Native Peoples Of The United States

Much has been said about the indigenous civilizations of Latin America, but little is known about the native peoples of the United States. We encourage you to learn more about them with 12 incredible data!

  1. The Nazis considered the native peoples of the United States part of the Aryan race. In fact, Hitler felt great sympathy for the Native Americans, since, as he told Albert Speer when he was in a difficult time he sought inspiration in Karl May’s books, which they portrayed in a very nice way to these towns.
  2. The poorest place in the US It’s Allen, in South Dakota. There, 96% of its inhabitants are Native Americans, and their average income is $ 0.
  3. Some US zoos they keep the feathers that come off many of their birds and are sent to the Native American tribes, to be used when celebrating their religious ceremonies.
  4. Native Americans, belonging to the Mohawk tribe, were used as workers in the construction of skyscrapers, as it was believed that they were not afraid of heights. The truth is that they were afraid, but, because of their culture, they did not show it openly.
  5. Contrary to popular belief, according to the 1995 census, most American Indians prefer the term “Indian”over “Native American” to refer to them.
  6. Some people native to the United States have a different enzyme that causes them to be more likely to fall into alcoholism.
  7. The native Cherokee had slaves, some of whom were even forced to make “the path of tears” with their owners. Their descendants were legally recognized as members of the tribe until 2007, when a constitutional amendment, which imposed as an indispensable requirement to have Cherokee blood to be a member of the tribe, expelled thousands of them.
  8. The Yuki language in California is based on an octal system (8) because the natives count the spaces between their fingersinstead of the fingers themselves.
  9. In the 50s and 60s, the US government detached several native children from their parents for adoption, with the aim of assimilating the “white culture.” Terrible.
  10. Certain Native American tribes recognize a third genderseparate from male and female. It is a boy whose body manifests two spirits, one male and one female.
  11. Alexander Graham Bell – will ring you for being the inventor of the telephone – was the honorary head of the Mohawks. Why? This privilege was awarded as a result of his work in learning, documenting and translating his language into sign language.

This appointment meant that Alexander Graham Bell wore traditional Mohawk clothes and participated in the celebration. A really fascinating episode!

  1. The Cherokee language does not contain the sounds “Che”, “Ro” or “Kee”, in fact, the native word they use to refer to themselves is Tsalagi.