Embroidery, Plains Indians

  Cultural Background

Four-Fold Symmetry 1

Here are four images of Native American designs. How would you describe them in terms of geometry? What geometric features do they all have in common? Write down your answers, and compare it to your neighbors. Then click "continue" below to learn more.


Pronunciation of tribes:

Shoshone: “show-SHOW-nee” 
Pawnee: “PAW-nee”
Navajo: “NAV-uh-hoe”

Shoshone Beadwork

Pawnee Buffalo Hide Drum

Navajo rug


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