First Contact Drawings from the Amazon

Do indians from the Amazon, when they put pen or pencil to paper for the first time, draw like children? The intense concentration and curiosity to make something appear on paper is similar. The differences lay in experience of age and the experiences of a different environment. Indians usually have no concept of a horizontal line, nor do they have the habit of looking from left to right as you do when reading, nor do they have a concept of top and bottom.


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Awi (2000) is a Dutch book with pictures by Michel Pellander, drawings by indians from various tribes and an accompanying text by Marion Hoekveld.

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