Common Threads: Cultural Creative Arts
Creative arts are powerful tools of expression within distinct cultures. Yet these diverse creative expressions blend into a beautiful tapestry attesting to our shared human experience.
In this video series, we look from a number of angles at the creativity which was on display at the Fox-Wisconsin portage nearly 200 years ago. Creative arts play many roles in people's lives, some of which we have categorized into “common threads.” Each connecting thread fits into the big-picture tapestry of human creativity, offering us a chance to value the differences which make people unique while reflecting on the commonalities that tie us together across cultural lines.
Survey creative artifacts from a number of cultures which converged at the portage in 1832.
Episode #1: Introduction (3:01)
In October, 1830, Juliette Kinzie found herself ascending the winding Fox River after having married the new Fort Winnebago Indian Agent. She wrote of the complexities of the cultures surrounding her at the Fox-Wisconsin portage, each with its own creative traditions...
Episode #5: Arts Which Strike the Fancy (3:56)
All cultures at the portage in 1832 embraced the idea of endowing everyday objects with artistic designs. The Euro-Americans of that day called a person's imagination their "fancy" and trended toward endowing just about anything imaginable accordingly—anything to stimulate the senses, from tasteful touches to gaudy extravagance...
Episode #8: Arts Which Express (9:48)
By their very nature, creative arts are tools of personal expression. A brief survey of flutes provides a fitting conclusion to a series aimed at investigating arts across cultures as there is perhaps no other creative artifact which so strikingly portrays both cultural distinction and common threads...