US Native American Museum Welcomes Artists from Americas
Visitors to the U.S. National Museum of the American Indian recently had a chance to buy artwork made by some of the world's finest Native American artists.
The handmade objects included jewelry and clothing, as well as paintings and statues. They were offered to the public as part of a two-day Native Art Market at the museum's headquarters, in Washington, D.C.
One artist at the event was Porfirio Gutierrez. His ancestors belonged to the Zapotecs, an ancient group of people that lived in what is now southern Mexico.
Gutierrez says he and his family create handwoven cloth by using the same methods as their ancestors. He describes the resulting textiles as "functional art," influenced by the natural world.
"These ways of making colors and making an authentic piece, it's disappearing. So I feel like I need to contribute into the preservation, and the only way to preserve it is to actually employ these old ways of making the arts."
Gutierrez's work was among the hundreds of objects on sale at the Native American art event. They represent traditional and modern works by more than 30 Native artists from across North America.
Like Gutierrez, many of the artists said that nature is a big influence on their artwork.
For example, Jhane Myers uses teeth and bones from animals for some of her jewelry.
"Each elk has two ivory teeth, so I do these necklaces, and then I also have buffalo bone beads. I try to use all the same items that we used as a traditional Native people 200 years ago."
Artist Kathleen Wall uses clay from the ground around Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico to make dolls. She paints one doll at a time, giving each one a peaceful facial expression.
The National Museum of the American Indian has been holding the art market each year since 2006.
Hayes Lavis is head of cultural arts at the museum. He says he hopes visitors leave with a better understanding of Native people in the Americas.
"What we're hoping that people will take away from this experience is just a realization of the contributions of Native people to the Americas. They were here first, they've always been here, they've gone through a lot of adversity and they are still thriving, strong, creative cultures."
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这些手工制品包括首饰和服装，以及绘画和雕塑 。在华盛顿特区的博物馆总部，作为为期两天的原住民艺术市场的一部分，这些作品被展示给公众 。
波菲里奥·古铁雷斯（Porfirio Gutierrez）是参加此次活动的艺术家之一 。他是萨巴特克人的后裔，这是一个古老的部落，他们生活在如今的墨西哥南部 。
古铁雷斯表示，他和他的家人仍然沿袭祖先的方法制作手织布料 。他将由此产生的纺织品称为受大自然启发的“实用性艺术” 。
“这些制作颜色和制作艺术品的技艺正在逐渐失传 。所以我需要致力于保护这些技法，保护的唯一方法就是运用这些古老技艺制作艺术品 。”
古铁雷斯的纺织品是国立美国印第安人博物馆的印第安艺术节上展出的数百件手工艺术品之一 。这些或传统或现代的手工艺品由30多位北美州原住民艺术家制作 。
“每只麋鹿都有两颗乳牙，所以我做了这些项链，项链上还有水牛骨头珠子 。我设法使用200年前我们作为传统原住民所使用的物品 。”
艺术家凯萨琳·沃尔在新墨西哥州的普韦布洛附近挖粘土来制作她的标志性玩偶 。她每次用颜料涂一个玩偶，并给每个玩偶画上平静的面部表情 。
海耶斯·拉维斯是该博物馆的文化艺术部主管 。他表示，他希望游客离开时能更好地了解美洲原住民 。
“我们希望人们能从这里了解到美洲原住民做出的一些贡献 。他们是这片土地最早的主人，他们一直在这里生活 。虽然他们经历了很多逆境，但他们强大、有创造力的文化依然在蓬勃发展 。”