There seems to be quite a trend in fashion at the moment towards the Native American. Tribal/geometric prints and feathers are everywhere. It's a trend we've seen before, I remember only a few years ago fringes were quite the thing, and I'm sure we'll see it again. I'm quite a fan of this look and while I won't be using actual feathers I'm keen to incorporate some Native American imagery, patterns and materials into my own jewellery. The first logical step? Google images of course. But then I thought about how long it's been since I did a Whimsy post and decided to go a slightly different route.
Instead of focusing solely on the fashion I decided to hit up the lore and religion instead and came up with a few images I hope you'll enjoy.
|Mah-to-toh-pe Chief by George Catlin, 1833.|
|Self with Bones by Brett Manning.|
|Coyote by Col. H. Smith from Sir William Jardine's The Naturalist's Library, 1845.|
|Algon Captures a Star-Maiden by James Jack.|
|Totem #2 Moth by Patricia Ariel.|
While this contemporary image does not use Native American imagery, the idea of the totem behind it comes from Native American lore (I should point out Totemism does exist in other cultures).
In Native North American culture the totem or totems are animals which serve as guides through life. There is usual a main guide specific to the individual known as their Totem Animal.
For a more fashion based look at Native America check out my Hearsay blog.