RE: NANFA-- Native Americans and Darters

Mark (
Sun, 31 Mar 2002 13:00:15 -0500

I have sometimes wondered about this myself. Goodeids kind of remind me of
some the of the Mexican and southwestern designs. Of course, why would the
influences be limited to fishes. Anything in your environment that catches
your eye might have an influence on your art work. I think it's safe to
assume that indians would have seen colorful darters and other fishes from
time to time. I don't know how they went about catching fishes for food,
but the DNR did not limit them to a single hook on an attended line. So,
if your creativity is left open, I would imagine you would end up catching
all manner of aquatic life whether edible or not. I think someone should
do a paper on the influence of natural designs on human artwork. There
must be something like that out there already?

Columbus Ohio USA
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