Native art is made to express movement through pattern, shape, or symbol. This movement refers not only to the dynamism of the immediate physical environment but also to the universe which surrounds us, from the sky above us to the earth beneath our feet. It is evident in the pattern of winding plants on a basket or the vibrating beadwork designs on a bag, in a dress worn, a mask danced, or a strike-a-light bag carried and used. Aesthetic anticipation of an object's kinetic existence—that it is worn, folded, or thrown over the shoulder, for example—is part of the making of the object.

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