Native American Art
Native American Art is created by the original inhabitants of what are now the United States and Canada, as well as the works of modern artists whose practices draw from their Native American or First Nations backgrounds. This includes a wide range of visual art styles, such as pottery, basket-weaving, and textile work found in the American Southwest, and the masterful woodcarvings, bowls, and amulets of the Northwest coast.
When Europeans arrived, they caused a great deal of suffering for the indigenous peoples, spreading disease, instigating warfare, and inducing forced displacement, dramatically decreasing the population. However, in the 20th century, Native American activism rose, and Native American artists began to combine traditional forms of art with modern techniques in order to explore topics related to cultural identity and political rights.
For example, Nicholas Galanin, a versatile artist born in Alaska, creates art in multiple mediums, such as mixed media installation, video, and print-making. His work blends concepts and material practices deeply rooted in his Tlingit and Unangax̂ culture. Another celebrated artist, Cannupa Hanska Luger, is known for creating monumental installations, sculptures, and performances that communicate stories about 21st-century Indigeneity and engage in land-based actions of repair. Luger's work provokes diverse audiences to engage with Indigenous peoples and values.
Searching for Identity
20th Century Art
Mixed Media Installation
21st Century Art