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Introduction: The Expressive Strength of Art

The skill, dexterity and concern for finishing and symbolic function that characterize certain objects made by the early First Nations people reflect a desire to find artistic expression in highly innovative ways, even though the work thus produced was often ephemeral. What could have been the deep motivation that inspired these anonymous “artists”?

Art is born of a need for expression, a longing to leave one’s mark. Surely the art of the early First Nations is a manifestation of humanity’s thirst for life…and for rebirth.

 

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