Originally Posted by herdbound
I just want to point out to that these are artistic renditions and quite honestly they were probably painted during a period in history where Native Americans were being portrayed as "heathen savages"...and they may be a figment of the artists imagination from tales of these horrid primitive people being told from the lips of people who were responsible for the destruction, round up, and transplantation of these mighty nations of people. I think that is why I was offended by the posts referring to NA's earlier...I don't like when they are portrayed like that if you have any idea of the fundamentals of their spirituality and their respect for Great Spirit or Wankan Tanka and all the creation they feel are a gift...you wouldn't say those things...
Anyone who took the time to research these varied artists, just might find the real reverence they had for the native peoples. Their desire was to realistically portray their clothing, homes, ceremonies and way of life. They saw the coming clashes with western culture and sought to preserve the rich cultures. And no, their paintings covered many different western tribes, not just one or two.
I have strong Choctaw blood (one of the seven "civilized tribes"....google it) in my family tree. I do not, however, subscribe to much of the western world's concept of the mystical spiritual stereotypes of NA cultures. They were nations filled with the good and bad, as every culture is.