Pueblo Ceremonial Dance No. 107 Analysis

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Pueblo Ceremonial Dance, No. 107 was a painting by the 20th century artist, Gerard Curtis Delano, that depicts a Native American tribe participating in a traditional dance. During the time of this painting, Native Americans were developing a new life after being forced out of their homes into reservations by Anglo-Americans expanding West. This action by the Anglo-Americans caused a down fall in the culture of Native Americans. Delano's purpose in painting this work of art was to document a tradition in the diminishing Native American culture and show the importance of a rich culture which continues to be forgotten in today's world. Delano started painting images of an Arizona Navajo reservation in 1943. For thirty years he painted what…show more content…
This view that Americans once had, was the idea that hard work and dedication is the way to achieving your goals. Through the years, the working class in America has diminished. No matter the cause, Americans have become okay with living of other's tax payments. In the article, "The Welfare State", it is reported that over 100 million Americans receive some sort of government assistance. As these numbers grow, unemployment rates do as well. The writer, Micheal Tanner, states that "the welfare state is us", which is an opposing view from what American's of the past envisioned. Americans on welfare are being enabled to grow dependent on their monthly government checks. This is not culture that Americans originated from, just as the Native American culture is much different than it's roots. Through out all the articles, negative effects of the decline in different cultures is presented. Just as there was a decline in Native American culture starting in the 19th and 20th century, there is a decline in American culture now. Delano painted the Navajos in a beautiful light to convey how important culture can be and how it should be maintained for the rest of
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