Ch 27: Art of Indigenous Americas

About This Chapter

Watch our video lessons to learn all about the art of the indigenous Americas. Our short video lessons taught expert instructors are a great way to learn about these materials from the comfort of your own home.

Art of Indigenous Americas - Chapter Summary & Learning Objectives

The art traditions that originated from the indigenous Americas comprises of the art of the native peoples of North, South and Central America. Our lessons will teach you the qualities that make each region's artistic style unique and how its culture influenced depictions in art. You'll have an opportunity to take a short self-assessment quiz at the end of each lesson to see how well you know the material. This chapter will cover things like:

  • The origins and development of the artistic traditions of indigenous Americas
  • How indigenous peoples of America have maintained their cultural identity despite widespread disease and genocide
  • Key differences between ancient American art and native North American art
  • Cultural similarities of the indigenous peoples that populated Mesoamerica

VideoObjective
Artistic Traditions of the Indigenous AmericasExplains the origins and development of the artistic traditions of the Indigenous Americas.
Art of MesoamericaTake a look at the cultural and artistic similarities of ancient Mesoamerica.
Art & Culture in the AndesObserve and study the cultural and artistic similarities of ancient central Andes.
Comparing Art from Ancient America & Native North AmericaAnalyze the differences between ancient American art and native North American art.
Contemporary Native American ArtLearn how Native Americans maintained their cultural identity despite years of genocide and disease brought upon by European invasion.

5 Lessons in Chapter 27: Art of Indigenous Americas
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Artistic Traditions of the Indigenous Americas

1. Artistic Traditions of the Indigenous Americas

The Americas were full of art before contact with Europe, but how much do you know about it? In this lesson, we'll learn about art created in the western hemisphere and see what artistic life was like in the indigenous Americas.

Art of Mesoamerica

2. Art of Mesoamerica

This lesson explores the arts and culture of three major Mesoamerican civilizations: the Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec. We'll look at their painting, sculpture, and architecture. Then, we'll examine how these cultures have an enduring presence in the arts today.

Art & Culture in the Andes

3. Art & Culture in the Andes

What would it take to live in mountains high above sea level? Could you do it? What kind of art might you make to reflect your culture and beliefs? In this lesson, you will learn about the art and culture of the peoples who have lived in the Andes for thousands of years.

Comparing Art from Ancient America & Native North America

4. Comparing Art from Ancient America & Native North America

Have you ever seen a totem pole or a Mayan carving and wondered who made them? Both are creations of peoples native to the Americas. In this lesson, learn about similarities and differences between the art of Ancient America and that of Native North America.

Contemporary Native American Art

5. Contemporary Native American Art

Many Native American groups are associated with traditional forms of art, but what do contemporary artists think about this? In this lesson, we'll look at contemporary Native American arts and see what common themes appear.

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