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The American Indian Parfleche: A Tradition of Abstract Painting

 Author: Gaylord Torrence  Publisher: Des Moines Art Center  : 1994  ISBN: 0-295-97332-3  Language: English  Tags: AbstractamericanIndianPaintingtradition |
These beautiful containers are most closely associated an probably originated with the peoples of the Great Plains, where they were integral to the nomadic way of life, providing a means to store and transport a family’s food and possessions. They were made by women from more than forty tribes, and their richly associative and symbolic painted images gave visual expression to the artists’ personal and cultural lives. The author writes: “These paintings were inseparable from the world view of their makers, formed from their collective experience and cultural role as women; from the details of their daily lives and the richness and love of family life and tribal associations; from the invisible spirit forces that filled their world and the profound religious traditions that sustained their inner lives; and from their intimate relationship with nature and the sweeping monumental landscapes and incomparable light of the American West.
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