An introduction to the arts of Native Americans who inhabited North America. As a prime example of American Indian art, symbol, and meaning, we will begin by examining the motifs and designs of prehistoric rock carvings and paintings left by American Indians. This class covers a copious amount of American Indian art categories which will be viewed through slides. Art objects are studied for the information they can provide about the people who created them, their beliefs, religion, basic needs, and rituals. Emphasis is on how information is derived from material culture and how the symbolism encoded into these arts is used to define individual or group identity, social status, political control of power, and views of the cosmos.