29 March 2009

Native American Ribbon designs

These are some examples of ribbon work used in ceremonial art and Pow Wow. From what I can determine some of the first tribes to start ribbon design were Eastern Osage, Kiowa, Seminole, and Great Lakes Tribes. Certainly the art has evolved however, the more intricate ribbon work today is practiced by the Seminole and members of the Native American Church. Pow Wow work is basically large design favoring eastern floral. I really enjoy the art as I have tried some designs and there really is no short cuts that make it easy. It is hard work and takes some planning, my hat goes off to the artisans that endeavor to do this type of art.

22 March 2009

Plains Beadwork (Blanket Strips)

Here are some more selections from the Ethnographic site that I find beautiful.
These are various blanket strips from different tribes.

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