Art for Art's Sake?

"Native Americans did not set out to create art for its own sake. In traditional thinking, there is no separation between art and life or between what is beautiful and what is functional. Art, beauty, and spirituality are so firmly intertwined in the routine of living that no words are needed, or allowed to separate them."

 —Anna Lee Walters, The Spirit of Native America: Beauty and Mysticism in American Indian Art