The love of Native American paintings can be found in all corners of the world. The draw to this unique art differs from person to person. The ethics these indigenous peoples lived by is probably the common denominator as to why paintings and artifacts are so earnestly endearing to those who own them. In October of 1994, the ‘Inter-Tribal Times’ posted a tribute entitled “Native Code of Ethics”. An excerpt from that column stated, “All the races and tribes in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the creator, they must all be respected.”
As many are patrons of tribal art, they draw inspiration through Native American paintings. They often seek to bring simplicity of lifestyle much like the early Indian cultures did. Indians believe that all creatures great and all creatures small are equally important in the grand scheme of life. Native American paintings tend to be a visual representation of the owner’s spirituality and lifestyle.
Sometimes a patron will buy a piece just for the love of the animal that is being highlighted. The Indians believed that the Creator gave animals a certain spirit. The Eagle is believed to bring forth clarity of vision. The feather of an Eagle is considered an aid to make spiritual contact through prayers. This is why many Native American paintings have Eagle feathers somewhere in the art. The Wolf is considered a teacher and is sought after when guidance is needed. The Wolf represents strength and confidence. The Deer is the ultimate messenger of serenity. The Deer teaches that by maintaining a genuine gentleness and innocence, one will be able to give openheartedly to others.