Healing and Art
The creative arts have a special place in Native healing and wellness. Some artworks are specifically focused on healing, but ceremonies and objects that serve other purposes can also have a healing aspect. In healing ceremonies the arts play a direct role in the healing process, and paintings such as the ones in this collection also help keep traditions alive for new generations. The Native artists represented here draw from a long history of painting on pottery, hides, and other materials as well as creating pictographs and petroglyphs. The diversity of styles and subjects reflects the diversity of healing practices and health issues faced by different Native groups.