Color and Creativity: Interpretation of Themes and Design Styles on a Panamanian Conte Bowl

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Mary W. Helms, Emeritus Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: To "outsiders" from the Western industrial world, indigenous art constitutes one of the most fascinating and enticing avenues into the conceptual worlds of indigenous peoples. This is certainly true for pre Columbian societies of the Americas, where artistry in stone, bone, wood, shell, ceramics, and metal encodes aspects of cosmologies and political ideologies that can greatly enhance both our intellectual understanding and our aesthetic appreciation of these ancient societies, provided we can "decode" the often enigmatic (to us) signs and symbols such sophisticated art portrays.

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Language: English
Date: 1996
Panama, indigenous art, art, anthropology, indigenous peoples, culture, pre-columbian societies, ancient societies

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