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Navajo creation myth – Native American religion

By | 2017-08-10T13:28:14+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Native American, Religion|

Lake Isabelle, Colorado People didn't always live here, where they live now. First they walked through four different worlds. These other worlds were inside the earth. It was dark there. First people would get along, then they would fight and so the people would leave and go to another world, and then the [...]

Native American architecture

By | 2017-08-07T22:16:18+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Architecture, Native American|

Replica of Cherokee winter house What kind of house you lived in depended a lot on where you lived, and how you lived. Many people were nomadic, travelling around with their dogs following the buffalo they hunted on the Great Plains. These people lived mainly in tipis, which were very large tents made of long wooden poles covered [...]

Indian art in the Stone Age

By | 2017-07-20T06:01:47+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Art, India|

Clay figurines from Mehrgahr The earliest Indian art comes from the Stone Age, starting about 4500 BC. People arriving from West Asia about this time brought their art ideas with them, and they made small clay figurines of women that look a lot like Sumerian figurines from about the same time. Like Sumerian figurines, the [...]

Greek pottery in the stone age

By | 2017-07-05T01:17:12+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Rainbow Ware, ca. 6500 BC Around the time that people in Greece settled down in houses and villages, and began planting their own crops and herding animals, they also began to produce pottery. This Neolithic period was around 6000 BC. The first pottery was plain, but very soon people began to decorate it. [...]

What is Minyan Ware? Early Bronze Age

By | 2017-07-03T15:27:52+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

A depas cup in Minyan ware The Indo-European Greeks arrived in Greece around 2100 BC and defeated the people who were already living there. Along with horses and chariots, the Indo-European conquerors brought with them a new kind of pottery known as Minyan Ware. Minyan ware is kind of boring to look at, [...]

Who was the Berlin Painter? Greek pottery

By | 2017-07-03T15:10:44+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

A vase by the Berlin Painter, from ancient Athens One of the most famous Greek red-figure vase painters is known today as the Berlin Painter. Like Exekias, he worked in Athens. The reason we call him the Berlin Painter is that we don't know his name, because he didn't sign his vases. People [...]

Early environment of northern Europe

By | 2017-06-27T01:01:54+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Environment, Northern Europe|

Black Forest in Northern Europe When people first arrived in northern Europe and Scandinavia, following the Danube inland from Central Asia, they found an environment that must have already been familiar to them: a lot of forests, cold weather, and clouds. In the winter it snows, and in the fall and spring it [...]

Iron Age art of northern Europe

By | 2017-06-27T00:09:46+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Art, Northern Europe|

Villanovan cremation urn with helmet on top (ca. 900 BC) In the beginning of the Iron Age, about 1000 BC, people in Europe were still reluctant to represent the human form. The Villanovan cremation urns are just clay pots made to hold people's ashes, but they wear helmets as if they were people - [...]