Whether we are considering pre-Columbian Indian artifacts, art produced during times when Indians were fighting to retain their independence from whites, or the sculpture and paintings of today's professional Indian artists, expanding our knowledge about Native American cultures, past and present. helps us to appreciate both the artists and their art. Not only did Mexican states and British Columbian chiefdoms have a political need for awe-inducing elaborate art given their emphasis on ascriptive or inherited status, they were far more able to produce such art Their farmers and fishers produced surpluses that, redistributed by those in authority, were used to support full-time specialists, including artisans.\n Their preferred medium, bronze or tempera on paper, for example, may be entirely unprecedented in their tribal traditions.
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