Symbolism and Expression Additional Reading

Traditional Art Forms

People in traditional societies had few belongings, but those they had were highly functional. These belongings were often decorated using many kinds if natural material. 

birchbarkEach traditional art form was passed down from generation to generation.  Some forms of expression, such as the designs on tipis, were only transferred to another individual through a ceremony. Techniques like tufting, birch bark biting, and fish scale art, in contrast, were communal and learned by observation and careful practice.

Birch Bark Biting - Sally Milne