The Pueblo Indians' arts and crafts include pottery, baskets, weaving, stone carvings and heishi jewelry. All of these arts are created in unique styles that the different Pueblo peoples have developed from their culture and religion, many of them unchanged for centuries.Continue Reading
The Pueblo Indians are a group of several tribes in the southwestern United States, including the Zuni, Hopi, Acoma and Taos. Each tribe has developed distinctive art designs for their crafts, but some motifs and patterns are common to all of them. Geometric figures abound on pottery, baskets and weaving, and in long geometric patterns there is a break somewhere to, according to Pueblo tradition, prevent trapping a spirit. Rain, lightning and other important forces of nature are often present in stylized designs. Animals, birds and the popular rain bird are also found in stylized form. The Zuni in particular carve stone into stylized animal forms, making tiny sculpture fetishes called wemawe.
Pueblo heishi, or shell, jewelry is made of small, drilled-out cylindrical beads, often strung in multiple strands. Some heishi crafts include turquoise and other semi-precious stones, but pure heishi never includes precious metals. Some Pueblo craftsmen also make squash-blossom necklaces, heavy silver inlaid with polished shell, turquoise and local stones with a stylized downward-pointing crescent at the center. This jewelry design may have been imported by the Spanish.Learn more about US History
The tools and weapons of the Pueblo Indians included bows and arrows, spears, war clubs, wooden hoes, rakes, spindles, looms and pump drills. Bows and arrows and spears were used for hunting and fighting. Hoes and rakes were used for planting. Spindles and looms were used for weaving, and pump drills were used to make holes in beads or shells so that they could be used as jewelry.Full Answer >
Popular craft items that sell well include jewelry crafts, wood crafts, pottery pieces, sewing crafts, and glass and bead crafts. There are many more different variations of handmade items that sell very well as long as the workmanship is refined.Full Answer >
Blackfoot Indians played games, hunted, fished and did arts and crafts for fun. Storytelling was also important to this tribe, because it was a way to pass down folk tales and legends from generation to generation.Full Answer >
Shawnee arts and crafts - produced largely by their women - included beadwork, woodcarvings, and pottery. They also produced woven bags, rugs, and made rope out of wild hemp, as well as crafting 'wampum' - a series of shells strung together in patterns, used for decoration, or story telling.Full Answer >