Symbols in Native American Art

September 14, 2018

Symbols in Native American Art

I do my best to explain the symbols I incorporate into my art. Many are derived from my ancestors...being from the Great Basin, my ancestors were prolific rock artists. Other symbols are things I've seen in dreams or my interpretation of things symbolically.

I try to stay away from using symbols I don't know anything about or symbols from other tribes. Though, It may be that some symbols are similar to other tribes symbols and may even have the same meaning.

Symbols allow us to convey something that is not always easily interpreted through language. Symbols can hold hidden truths or stories summed up in a symbol minus the corruption of the spoken word.

Using symbology compliments my geometric style such as used in the Medicine House series.

Everything is subject to interpretation. And it's usually the most simple of things that are sacred, go beyond defining or explaining...and tend to make you smile from within. That's the power of symbols.




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