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

Beginner's guide

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Introduction to Mogollon
Introduction to Mogollon

The Mogollon tradition of the Greater Southwest was diverse, expansive, and vibrant.

Awa Tsireh, <em>Pottery Makers</em>
Awa Tsireh, Pottery Makers

Pottery Makers is one of many that the artist Awa Tsireh (Cattail Bird, Spanish name Alfonso Roybal) created about Pueblo cultures

Paquimé (Casas Grandes), Mogollon culture
Paquimé (Casas Grandes), Mogollon culture

Paquimé played a key role in trade and cultural contacts between the Pueblo culture of the southwestern United States and Mesoamerica.

Kay WalkingStick, <em>Me and My Neon Box</em>
Kay WalkingStick, Me and My Neon Box

Me and My Neon Box embodies Kay WalkingStick’s process of working through questions about painting, sexuality, gender, and race.

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

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