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The exhibition consists of 140 objects and artworks which present a continuous view of the aesthetic traditions of the Plains Indians, from the 16th to the 20th century, offering an unprecedented vision of these traditions.
The power of their culture is demonstrated in particular in the continuity of visual styles, even though during these three centuries of contact with Europeans and Americans the territory of the plains was subject to fundamental cultural and political changes. This continuity in forms and designs is revealed in the exhibition by means of a great variety of objects and media: paintings and drawings, sculptures in stone, wood, antler and shell, embroideries using porcupine quills and glass beads, personal ornaments made from feathers etc.
Composite objects, assemblages created from a variety of materials and techniques characteristic of different types of art in the plains are also presented. Costumes painted in figurative and geometrical patterns, richly decorated garments with high symbolic value, ceremonial and sculptural objects constitute a significant percentage of the works exhibited.
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