Sample Art Paper on Mi’kmaq and Saudi Art Works

Mi’kmaq and Saudi Art Works

Mi’kmaq refers to indigenous people from eastern Canada and northern Maine. They developed art items which they used when trading with Europeans in 16th century Leavitt further states that Mi’kmaq culture also created other arts such as painted porcupine quills to decorate chair seat covers and wooden boxes. They used beads to create purses, tea-cozies and vests. On the other hand, Saudi is located in Middle East Asia and its rich culture is said to been resulted from its Islamic heritage, its Bedouin traditions and it being ancient trade centre. This paper reviews a description of one Mi’kmaq art compared to a Saudi art.

Drum is one of the artworks by the Mi’kmaq culture. The drum was a cylindrical container with a lid and it was made of birch bark panels sewn together with threads obtained from spruce root. The drum was decorated with painted porcupine quills, sides attached to each other with small metal nails and beautified with sweet grass and top of the drum was eight-sided star motif. Drum was a representation of center of life in Mi’kmaq culture and it was played during dances in different occasions.

The arabesque artistic decoration is an example of ancient Saudi artwork. Ideally, arabesque was a form of artistic decoration made of similar linear patterns of scrolling and interweaved foliage or plain lines consisting of one pattern repeated. Sheila further states that the pattern was used to decorate architecture work and item such as cups and containers.

Similarities and differences

The above discussed Mi’kmaq and Saudi art have a common feature in that the items used for decoration are obtained from plants and animals of which they are painted before being used. On the other hand, Mi’kmaq and Saudi art described above are different in that the Mi’kmaq culture uses its work as a representation of a given meaning or thing whereas in the Saudi culture is using its artwork to beautify items and architecture work.