Seeing America – topic: Native American culture












Edward S. Curtis, A man wearing a ceremonial mask of the Nunivak style, c. 1929, photograph (Edward S. Curtis Collection, Library of Congress)
The Yup’ik peoples, in one of the world’s coldest climates, made these ceremonial masks during the long winters.

Wearing a force of nature


Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Trade (Gifts for Trading Land with White People), 1992, oil paint and mixed media, collage, objects, canvas, 152.4 x 431.8 cm (Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia) © Jaune Quick-to-See Smith
Smith created this in 1992, responding to the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in North America.

Trade myths and native land


Clarissa Rizal, Resilience Robe, 2014
This prestigious garment follows a traditional design passed down through generations of indigenous Alaskans.

Chilkat past and present





Nampeyo (Hopi-Tewa), polychrome jar, c. 1930s, clay and pigment, 13 x 21 cm (National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution).
Nampeyo found inspiration from the old to create a pottery style that was entirely new and highly sought after.

Pueblo pottery and tourism