Traditions of Celebration and Ritual: The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art

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Apr 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016

Fenimore Art Museum

Cooperstown, NY

Since ancient times, Native American peoples have celebrated their beliefs and practices through daily, seasonal, and special occasion rituals, affirming their life and identity. Both art and ritual are powerful expressions that honor mythological beings, spirit beings, and ancestors – conveying the spiritual power of the natural world. In this exhibit, see over 50 art objects from the Thaw Collection created by Native American men and women for specific rituals and ceremonies. Discover the arts associated with fundamental aspects of Native American life – the hunt and harvest, feasting, warfare, adornment, and shamanism.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • Indigenous
  • Culture / Lifestyle
  • Americas
  • Various artists

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