The North American Great Plains is home to over 30 First Nations from most of the continent's language families. Glenbow Museum's collection focuses on people from the northwestern Plains, especially Nisitapii (Blackfoot-speaking people), Tsuu T'ina, Cree, and Anishinabe. Their bead, porcupine quill, and painted artwork reflect how each culture developed unique artistic traditions that reflected important connections between people and the rest of creation.
early 20th century
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The First Peoples of the Plains took great care with their artistic decoration. The positive (coloured) and negative (not-coloured) spaces were integrated in complex motifs. The symmetrical patterns reinforce cultural principles of coexisting in a balance with all of the world.