The First Nations of British Columbia`s North Coast

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TheFirst Nations of British Columbia’s North Coast

TheFirst Nations of British Columbia’s North Coast

NativeAmerican Indian artists have shown prowess in the various pieces ofart represented in the collection of art pieces. The artworks arefilled with some form of sophistication and a blend of colors thatdraw in and bring in an aspect of native American Indian culture thatpeople may not be aware of, currently (Brown,2010).The pieces of art take various forms, especially of things found innature, such as birds, showing how the indigenous people had a deeprelationship with nature, and could, therefore, draw some inspirationfrom it. The fact that the elements are represented in so many colorsshows the kind of happiness that the native people had, as it relatesto the world that they lived in. Contentment is one of thecharacteristics that may easily be identified to form part and parcelof the lives of such people.

Thedifferent artworks shown at the Canadian Museum ofCivilizationalso shows the way of life of people who lived in the country earlieron. It represents the kind of view that they had regarding nature aswell as the methods that such people used so as to earn a living andlead their day-to-day lives (CanadianMuseum of Civilization, nd).As such, one of the artworks shows a body of water that is, mostlikely, a large river with a boat rocking in it. This indicates thatmost of the activities of people who existed earlier on in Canadaspent most of their time around water bodies and most of theirlivelihoods depended heavily on these elements of nature.

Thelife of people along the North Pacific Coast is wellrepresented in the SmithsonianInstitutedocumentary, whereby one is able to understand the culture of theNorthPacific Coastpeople and the things that they did on a daily basis so as continuesurviving (SmithsonianInstitute. National Museum of the American Indian, nd).It is a great eye-opener into the struggles and trends that thepeople have gone through, to date. This goes a long way in acting asa preservation of the culture of these people as from such apractice the message could be shared with people in the cominggenerations.

Lessonslearnt from the unit

Thereare several issues that have learnt, which are paramount in enhancingmy understanding and appreciation of art. One of them lies increating pieces of art that have a deep message that may be sharedwith the audience. It is quite true that art acts as a mirror ofsociety, and it is, therefore, important to come up with pieces thatare relevant shares a message that is appropriate and most of thepeople forming part of the audience can easily identify with it. Ihave also learnt that people also aim to express their inner feelingsand emotions through art. This is, therefore, a very intricate thingand it could vary from one person to another. Some people are moretalented in bringing out what they feel more than others, and such asituation is bound to make them communicate and relate more to theaudience compared to other individuals. I have full faith that theinformation that I have gathered will be instrumental in my practiceof art now and in the future.


Brown,Bill2010 Objects, Others, and Us (The Refabrication of Things).Critical Inquiry 36(2):183–217, doi:10.1086/648523, accessedAugust 8, 2011.

CanadianMuseum of CivilizationN.d. Online Exhibition: Haida Art (Linksto an externalsite.).&nbsp,accessed August 8, 2011. 2011

&nbspSmithsonianInstitute. National Museum of the American IndianN.d. Listeningto Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life Along the North PacificCoast (Links to an external site.).,accessed August 8, 2011.

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