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2019 American Indian Week - Symbolism in Native Crafts Workshop


Andrew Thomas (Navajo) of Shumakolowa Native Arts instructs visitors on the meanings behind various design elements and images featured on Native pottery, textiles, and jewelry. Native Americans have a deep connection to, and respect for, this natural world, and reverence for nature deeply influences Native art. Some of the most common symbols are water, rain, clouds, corn, mountains, and animals. For Native Americans, nature brings gifts from the Creator, and we celebrate these gifts in our unique, handcrafted works of art.