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Let Nature Be Your Guide. OR What's Your Spirit Animal Like?

     As I am not specifically a group of myself, I decided to illustrate a personal totem that represented me.   Totem Animals represent specific characteristics, morals and values that can guide one's life by.   It takes years of focused...   There is an African Goddess of Creativity and Love, Oshun, And I wanted the spider to be wearing a tribal mask that depicted her visage. 0)       I also thought about an animal that keeps popping up around me.   I wondered if this is how you find your true spirit animal.   For those who don't already know, a totem is not necessarily the large wooden pole with animal and human faces carved into it and then painted with very bright and bold colors.   As many several African clans include totems in their faith, I wanted to illustrate a Spider dancing a traditional tribal dance (particularly either one that has to do with the communion of nature or one that is specific to the worship of the...       I took the two spirit animals and paired them together into a totem pole for this week's inspirational challenge.   The totem pole as we usually think of when we hear the word totem, is actually the history or story of the group of people that it represents. A totem is an animal icon or symbol that represents a particular group of people or clan. as totem or spirit animal may be encouraged to take a break in their. Having the spider as a power animal or totem. The spider is a remarkable figure of feminine energy and creativity in. the spirit animal kingdom. affinity with the spider spirit animal, you may have qualities of high.   Sea Turtles have always been an "animal" (reptile actually) that has gained my attention. Also Totems are not specifically exclusive to Native American tribes in the US or even the Native peoples in North Canada.   My totem pole, in a way, reminded me of the parable of the scorpion and the frog, which was about understanding your true nature. of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a. peaceful relationship with our environment. The turtle totem wisdom teaches us about walking our path in peace and.     This week's Topic is TOTEM.   I only had this week so I "cheated" a little bit and took an online quiz that tells you your spirit guide.

Jan 02, 2011 by Kevin7 | Posted in Other - Society & Culture

What is a Bini Mask from Nigeria?


Mask of the Bini or Ibibio people The Bini people of Nigeria of the great Kingdom of Benin are located around present day Benin City. The Bini mask is one of Nigeria's most famous and recognized products and is the symbol of Nigerian arts and culture. These masks are worn by members of the Ekpo-society, who take care of the well-being of the village and settle disputes. Ekpo members wear masks, raffin capes, and other accouterments to impersonate the ancestors and other dead members of the society. The the dancer is covered by a costume of grasses attached to the mask. Rituals are performed for planting, harvesting (yam harvest) and funerals. During important the annual yam harvest, members imitated ancestors who were believed to have briefly returned to the world of the living. The mask was also a part of the rituals to propitiate the gods and to protect the people against illness. Drumming and music are also important elements in Ekpo ceremonies. The form of the masks probably derives elements from their better known neighbors the Yoruba. Some wooden Bini mask have a distinctly simplified style. The mouth is delicately rendered; the nose is narrow and long; above the eyes, which have no pupils, there are bulging eyelids. They are very different from the ostentatious courtly style of the tribal woodcarvings of the Bini who lived in the environs of Benin. The petty tribal chiefs used to produce for their altars wooden commemorative ancestor heads and would carve masks representing departed souls, which were used in dances to exorcize demons. The facial features of these spirit masks are more delicate and less naturalistic than the idealized and schematized portraits found in courtly art. Some masks have mirrors attached to some part of them and have a very important meaning. Mirrors basically reflect images back to an individual viewer, and therefore in the case of the Ekpo mask, the mirror could symbolize

Ted H | Jan 02, 2011
Cheetah | Jan 02, 2011
Benin art is the art from the Kingdom of Benin or Edo Empire (1440-1897), a pre-colonial African state located in what is now known as the South-South region of Nigeria. Benin art was produced mainly for the court of the Oba of Benin - a divine ruler for whom the craftsmen produced a range of ceremonially significant objects. Aside from producing work to promote theological and religious piety, Benin Art includes a range of animal heads, figurines, busts, plaques, and other artifacts. Typical Benin art materials include bronze, brass, clay, ivory, terracotta, and wood. During the reign of the Kingdom of Benin, the characteristics of the artwork shifted from thin castings and careful treatment to thick, less defined castings and generalized features. [1] One of the objects unique to Benin art is an Ikegobo, a cylindrical object that celebrated the success of an individual. Benin art has proven to be hard to interpret. This is due in part to the lack of supplementary written documents. Because of the non-literate nature of the ancient inhabitants of Benin City, there is a dearth in literary backup as would be seen in other cultures (Ben- Amos, 1980). A common consensus among historians is that the art of Benin served to narrate events and achievements, actual or mythical, which occurred in the past. It was grounded on traditional values and religious beliefs and displayed iconographic affinities. Although only made popular after the Punitive Expedition in the 19th century, Benin art has been in existence since at least 500 BCE (Andrea & Overfield, 2005). They used their art to depict religious, social and cultural issues that were central to their beliefs such as ceremonial weapons, religious objects and masks (Blackmun, 1988). The culture of the Benin people was that of religious sentiment which can be seen in a lot of their art. They viewed their kings or obas as unearthly, in the sense that they were closer to the gods than the average
Ted H | Jan 02, 2011
Mask of the Bini or Ibibio people The Bini people of Nigeria of the great Kingdom of Benin are located around present day Benin City. The Bini mask is one of Nigeria's most famous and recognized products and is the symbol of Nigerian arts and culture. These masks are worn by members of the Ekpo-society, who take care of the well-being of the village and settle disputes. Ekpo members wear masks, raffin capes, and other accouterments to impersonate the ancestors and other dead members of the society. The the dancer is covered by a costume of grasses attached to the mask. Rituals are performed for planting, harvesting (yam harvest) and funerals. During important the annual yam harvest, members imitated ancestors who were believed to have briefly returned to the world of the living. The mask was also a part of the rituals to propitiate the gods and to protect the people against illness. Drumming and music are also important elements in Ekpo ceremonies. The form of the masks probably derives elements from their better known neighbors the Yoruba. Some wooden Bini mask have a distinctly simplified style. The mouth is delicately rendered; the nose is narrow and long; above the eyes, which have no pupils, there are bulging eyelids. They are very different from the ostentatious courtly style of the tribal woodcarvings of the Bini who lived in the environs of Benin. The petty tribal chiefs used to produce for their altars wooden commemorative ancestor heads and would carve masks representing departed souls, which were used in dances to exorcize demons. The facial features of these spirit masks are more delicate and less naturalistic than the idealized and schematized portraits found in courtly art. Some masks have mirrors attached to some part of them and have a very important meaning. Mirrors basically reflect images back to an individual viewer, and therefore in the case of the Ekpo mask, the mirror could symbolize
Sep 12, 2009 by Rose•••♥ | Posted in Other - Visual Arts

Need ideas for art, we are studying Tribal Art and I need to make my an individual artifact of my own.?

ok umm..... we've screen printed to make our clothes, made our own special animal totems, masks, going to make a little pouch to put them in, and we are also making a neckpiece. but i need to make my OWN individual piece of tribal art. i dont kno what to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it has to be tribal. pleaasssssseeeeeeee help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if you have any ideas, can you also include what kind of materials i should construct it out of? eg.. make a basket out of hay etc.


You could probably find a wooden bowl at Ross or Marshalls and engrave or paint tribal design on it. If it has to be made from scratch you could make a coiled rope basket (as you coil the rope you sew each row to the one beneath). The rope, if a natural fiber can also be dyed. Weave in ribbon or natural fibers will give dimension and character. make your own beads for a headband, necklace or bracelet. there are lots of websites with instructions for making them out of paper, flour, etc... carve out a spoon from a piece of wood. Just be careful. have fun.

TripleNifty | Sep 12, 2009

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Magnificent Masks

Creator: Sharon Parsons | Mask making - 2000

Masks were often made from natural materials, such as wood and birds' feathers. In North America, many native Indian tribes carved animal masks out of wood. Wood carving was an important part of their lives, used for masks as well as items  ...

Publisher: Nelson Thornes



48 pages

Tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy

Creator: Michael G. Johnson | History - 2003

Long nose masks, sometimes made ~c ^ cloth or buckskin 10. Horn or Buffalo masks 1 1. Animal masks - pigs, bears or birds 12. Blind masks, without eyes Most masks are carved of bass wood or War club, Eastern Great Lakes area, c1800.

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

About this book
The Five (later Six) Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy were central to the story of the white colonization of the American Northeast. The European fur trade transformed their world, and the struggles between English and French colonists forced the tribes to take sides during the Beaver Wars as well as the French and Indian Wars (1689-1763), which included King William's War, Queen Anne's War, King George's War, and finally ended with the French and Indian War of 1754. Sir William Johnson's efforts in the Mohawk Valley ensured that the Iroquois Nations were allies of the British crown; and the loyalty of his kinsman Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea) during the American Revolution forced the Mohawks into Canadian exile. This richly illustrated book introduces Iroquois history, social organization, religion and material culture.



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Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 2011 Price Guide

Creator: Mark F. Moran | Antiques & Collectibles - 2010-03-30

...............................$480 Suku Helmet Mask, Zaire: Carved wooden mask with serene expression, topped by a whimsical animal finial, accented with kaolin clay and natural blue pigment, glass- bead earrings, and grass collar, early to mid- 20th ...

Publisher: Krause Publications Incorporated

About this book
The Warman's Advantage &break;&break;As the longest-running price guide and the most trusted name in antique and collectibles, the 44th edition of Warman's Guide to Antiques & Collectibles features more than 1,500 images and 6,000 listings. It brings a fresh, 21st century- perspective that honestly assesses the market and looks at the best categories for investment-everything from fine art and ceramics to space memorabilia and couture. "Future of the Market" reports share what's hot, what's not and where the experts are putting their money.Top names in the trade weigh in on key categories:&break;&break;Writer/editor Catherine Saunders-Watson looks at antique toys.&break;Auctioneer Dan Murphy explores mechanical banks.&break;Appraiser/author Caroline Ashleigh asses the market for western wear and memorabilia.&break;Writer Noah Fleisher presents all-new categories on space memorabilia and illustrator art.&break;Author Kathy Flood updates the chapter on fine and costume/jewelry.&break;&break;Values are based on real-world results thanks to dozens of contributing auctions houses from coast to coast.


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