Native American / First Nations

Traces of sophisticated cultures remain across what is today the United States and Canada.

before 11,200 B.C.E. - c. 1500

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Clarissa Rizal, <em>Resilience Robe</em>
Clarissa Rizal, Resilience Robe

This prestigious garment follows a traditional design passed down through generations of Indigenous Alaskans.

Headdress (Cheyenne or Lakota)
Headdress (Cheyenne or Lakota)

A headdress that is in exceptional condition tells us about warrior culture among the Lakota or Cheyenne

Bannerstones, an introduction
Bannerstones, an introduction

Between 6000 and 1000 B.C.E., thousands of nomadic Native Americans travelled and lived along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, making enigmatic, carefully carved stones known today as bannerstones.

Tsimshian shaman’s rattle
Tsimshian shaman’s rattle

This rattle was used in a healing ceremony by the Tsimshian

Socorro black-on-white storage jar
Socorro black-on-white storage jar

This Ancestral Puebloan jar was made to store good during a time of drought

Anishinaabe shoulder bag
Anishinaabe shoulder bag

A bag that belonged to the first ordained Native American Methodist minister

White Ogre Tihu (Katsina Figure)
White Ogre Tihu (Katsina Figure)

A Hopi blessing for a child's growth and prosperity, with a reminder to respect elders

Mató Nájin/Standing Bear, Battle of Little Bighorn
Mató Nájin/Standing Bear, Battle of Little Bighorn

A drawing in pencil, ink, and watercolor over 8 feet long tells the story of the Battle of Little Bighorn

Acoma polychrome water jar
Acoma polychrome water jar

A unique water jar from Acoma that features a pumpkin

Carrie Bethel, Basket bowl
Carrie Bethel, Basket bowl

It took Carrie Bethel 3 years to make this basket

Nampeyo, Polacca polychrome water jar
Nampeyo, Polacca polychrome water jar

A water jar made by a famous matriarch in Pueblo pottery

Pueblo architecture and its relationship to place
Pueblo architecture and its relationship to place

Pueblo architecture reveals a close connection to the surrounding landscape and to Pueblo culture.  

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