Arts Surveys
Ancient Art of the American Woodland Indians,#055
((27 slides, audiocassette - 32 minutes, and text) Note: This program may also be used with the teaching packet "Art of the American Indian Frontier" (#TP4))
For almost 5000 years -- from about 3000 BC to 1500 AD -- the prehistoric Indians of the Woodland areas of midwestern and southeastern North America fashioned utilitarian and cere-monial objects from shell, stone, metal, wood, and pottery. Many outstanding examples were displayed in a special exhibition at the National Gallery; in this program, guest curator David Penney discusses these ancient artifacts and explains their cultural and aesthetic significance. Objects from the program are illustrated in the accompanying text, which also includes maps showing the Archaic, Woodland, and Mississippian period sites from which the artifacts came.