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What’s in a map? Reading the United “States” in Jaune Quick-To-See Smith’s <em>State Names</em>
What’s in a map? Reading the United “States” in Jaune Quick-To-See Smith’s State Names

Native American artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith suggests that thinking about our history in a different way helps us rethink our present.

Terms and Issues in Native American Art
Terms and Issues in Native American Art

Too many assumptions persist about Native American arts and cultures—start here to disentangle fact from fiction.

About geography and chronological periods in Native American art
About geography and chronological periods in Native American art

“Native American” is a broad term encompassing many diverse groups.

Two sides of Lakota life on a beaded suitcase
Two sides of Lakota life on a beaded suitcase

This one-of-a-kind suitcase tells the surprising story of an artist, a wedding, and a people.

Embodying the forces of nature: the North Wind Mask
Embodying the forces of nature: the North Wind Mask

The Yup’ik peoples, in one of the world’s coldest climates, made these ceremonial masks during the long winters.

“That’s the deal you gave us,” trade myths and native land
“That’s the deal you gave us,” trade myths and native land

Smith created this in 1992, responding to the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in North America.

Speaking to past and present, Clarissa Rizal’s Resilience Robe
Speaking to past and present, Clarissa Rizal’s Resilience Robe

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

Wendy Red Star, 1880 Crow Peace Delegation
Wendy Red Star, 1880 Crow Peace Delegation

Red Star annotated photographs to restore dignity and context to government-issue photographs of Crow chiefs.

The power of the bear and the story an American massacre
The power of the bear and the story an American massacre

Six bears were required to create this necklace, meant to imbue the Pawnee chief with protection and power.

Pottery and tourism: Pueblo culture and the lure of the Southwest
Pottery and tourism: Pueblo culture and the lure of the Southwest

Nampeyo found inspiration from the old to create a pottery style that was entirely new and highly sought after.