"American Indians had no concepts of 'Art' or 'Artist' corresponding
to those held by Europeans. Native Americans felt confident and fully capable of
creating beauty in everything they did. This was believed to be the only
adequate and appropriate way to express joy and gratitude to the divinities for
their wondrous gifts-Mother Earth, Father Sky, and all they had created between
them to sustain and enrich the life of human."
'Discovery', the publication of the San Diego Museum