Article and research by Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Research, August 7, 2017
“‘There was so much power in them … these ceremonial robes are used to display your lineage and display it proudly … like a king wears his robe.’ – Francis Williams (Haida) : Artists combine manufactured buttons with buttons made from native shells to make these colorful robes called ‘button blankets’. The designs on the blankets are narrative art that signal the owners’ clan identity, status, and hereditary rights and privileges. Imagine the stunning visual effect of flickering firelight reflecting off the iridescent buttons of robed dancers.” ~ Denver Museum of Art display.
The North American Northwest and Columbia Plateau Tribes have a distinct style, culture, and belief system. The Artwork of the Native American Pacific Northwest Cultures is phenomenal, embedded with myths, legends, and spirituality that empowers their people. Their costumes and clothing reflect many aspects of this in the decoration and style as well as purpose or intent.
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