Native American Pottery

The Native American art of pottery making is a medium that combines the elements of the earth in both creation and design. As artist Mike Daniel explains, pottery served the people of Native American tribes as much more than a tool. The clay was a canvas for the Native Americans to express themselves through symbols and designs or signify belonging to a specific tribe or family. The pots ranged from use in everyday life, to sacred spiritual ceremonies.

Today, these pieces can be observed as a tangible representation of the Native American culture and past traditions at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

You can find educational lesson plans and in-depth information on Native American pottery here.

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