Daily Uses of Native American Paint Indian Tribes made various types of Native American paint depending on the natural resources available to make paints. Native American Paint had a variety of daily uses within a typical Indian Tribe. Every day Items were richly painted with artwork, symbols and designs including:
Papoose or Cradle Boards, such as the one pictured above
Totem Poles - Native American Paint was used to decorate Totem Poles
Pottery and Ceramic Art - Items of pottery and ceramics were painted with specific designs and patterns
Special Uses of Native American Paint Native American symbols were painted in sacred places and on various items as geometric portrayals of celestial bodies, natural phenomena and animal designs. Native American Paint had some very special uses within a typical Indian Tribe:
Decoration - Face paint and Body paint was applied as decoration by both men and women, just as we use make-up today
War Paint - Paints were used for war paint to intimidate enemies during warfare and as an indication of indicate achievements and success
Camouflage - Paints were used as camouflage for both hunting and warfare enabling the Indian to blend into the environment and exercise the element of surprise
Protection - Paints were commonly used to protected the skin from insects, the sun, the wind and the cold
Magic and Power - It was believed that painting symbols in different colors provided the Indian with 'Magic' for power and protection
Visual Communications and Messages: Victory, Mourning etc were indicated by the application of face and body paint
Cave Paintings, Rock Paintings and Murals were created using Native American Paint
Making Native American Paint How was Native American Paint made? The Indians made paint from the natural resources that were available to them in order to make different colored dyes and pigments. Native American Paint, in it's simplest form, consists of a ground up pigment suspended in some sort of liquid, or binder such as urine, spit, egg yolks, animal fat or even blood. Native American Indians prepared the paint which was then dried and stored as a powder.
Red Paint was made using red clays (which contained oxides of iron), roots, berries, barks and beets.
White Paint was made using white kaolin clays, limestone, ground gypsum, eggshells or sea shells
Black Paint was made using coal or charcoal, mixed with spit or animal fat or with wild grapes and the bark from various trees
Yellow Paint was made using pigments obtained from flowers, berries, barks, plants or moss. A yellow substance found in some internal organs of the buffalo was also used to produce yellow paint
Blue Paint was made from oxides, powdered azurite and lapis, sun flower seeds, duck manure, clays, berries and flowers
Green Paint was made using flowers, berries, moss or algae
The Application of Native American Paint Native American Indians was applied with the fingers, animal bones, sticks or grasses. Plains Indians used a spongy bone from the knee joint of the buffalo which held paint just as the modern fountain pen holds ink. When applying war paint the Indians first smeared their bodies with buffalo or deer fat and then rubbed on the paint.
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Pictures and Videos of Native Americans Native American Paint. Discover the vast selection of pictures which relate to the History and Life of Native Americans. The pictures show the clothing, war paint and every day elements of various Native Indian tribes. A really useful educational history resource for kids and children of all ages on the lives and lifestyle of Indians. We have included pictures and videos to accompany the main topic of this section - Native American Paint. The videos enable fast access to the images, paintings and pictures together with information and many historical facts. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the Native Indian Tribes Index - a great educational resource for kids.