Course Description

What do the carved figures on a totem pole represent? What are the figures on the outside of Plains Indian teepees? Why are masks found amongst the various native cultures in North America, how do they differ and how are they used? Examine the history of art and culture as found among North America’s Native American peoples. Topics include: a brief history of pre-Columbian art, history of contemporary Native American fine art movements, architectural fundamentals, major native and First Nations' cultural areas of North America, native philosophy, sacred objects, and how music plays a part in the creation of the art.

Course Details

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify traditional Plains, Northwest Coast, Southwest Indian art styles
  • Improve upon your knowledge of the history and theory of Native art from a fact-based Native perspective orientation
  • Describe form-lines and techniques of Northwest Coast Indian art
  • Identify the fundamental difference between contemporary and traditional Native art
  • Be able to describe fact from fictitious Native American imagery
  • Gain confidence in speaking from the Native perspective
  • Grasp the authentic history of North American Native art and civilizations pre-Columbian to present day


Special Discount: For 20 hour Liberal Arts courses only, students 65 years and older at the time of registration qualify for a 10 per cent discount on fees. To receive this discount, you must register in person or by calling 403-220-2952. The discount does not apply to online registration.

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