What Are Some Examples of Traditional Cree Art?

Traditional Cree art includes wooden dolls, rock and wood painting, model canoes, baskets, carvings and clothing and accessories. Carvings on wood, stone or antlers are emblematic traditional Cree art forms.

Clothing such as hoods, moccasins, leggings, coats and belts contained detailed decorative embroidery, bead work and quill work. Detailed jointed wooden dolls featured the same level of sophistication and taught young girls about Cree identity. Cree carvings using deer, moose, caribou or elk antlers recreated scenes from nature or the imagination. Early paintings on rocks or cliffs were often of spirit animals or scenes from Cree culture. Model canoes served as miniature replicas to accompany the wooden dolls.