The Beauty and Meaning of an Ancient Art Form

The annual All Roads Film Festival has begun here at NG headquarters, and indigenous and minority filmmakers from around the world have gathered to share their stories and celebrate their cultures. (Follow the All Roads Blog for more details about each film, or get a sneak peek from Pop Omnivore.)

In addition, people featured in the films are in attendance, and yesterday Josephine Seymour (seen in “GRAB“) was outside demonstrating traditional Pueblo of Laguna pottery making from the southwestern part of New Mexico.

View the gallery above to learn about the ancient techniques, rich symbolism, and deep spirituality behind the creation and enjoyment of this timeless art form. Then look for parallels in your own life, culture, and traditions and see just how your path meets up with all roads.

 

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Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.