American indians possessed rich and varied culture: from fisherman to agriculturist, susbsistence and buffalo hunters. Within diverse environments thei evolved a spiritual relationship to forses of nature, deep concern for animals, understanding of human responsibilities . The origin of the art motifs result from this relationship and observation of nature.
Traditional pattern work, images of animals, objects cary specific meaning
Totem poles recount legends, notable events, celebrate cultural beliefs and are artistic presentations.