Native North American Art

  1. Surrounded by Beauty North America was home to many Indian cultures. This web gallery teaches you the history and culture of five different regions in what is now the United States and Canada. There's lots of information about the daily life of the tribes and many interesting artworks.

  2. Cloth & Clay This is a special web exhibit, an exploration of art, culture and history through the ceramic and textile objects of the ancient and contemporary peoples of North and South America. There are four major sections: a. the artwork itself with information about the image and the culture; b. learn how the art was made; c. explore the landscapes and resources that shaped the artworks, and d. travel back in time to an ancient marketplace where many of the artworks would have been sold. Brought to you by the Textile Museum of Canada and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

  3. Indian Knoll The Metropolitan Museum's Timeline of Art History tells the fasinating story of Indian mounds and what was found just over 100 miles from Cincinnati. The two bannerstone carvings are beautiful.

  4. Hopewell Indian Mounds This is a sacred site in North America, just east of Cincinnati. The Hopewell built enormous earthworks in precise geometric shapes. Learn more here at this Metropolitan Museum of Art site.

  5. Carving at Skidegate If you've ever wondered how an Eskimo totem pole is designed and carved, this is the site for you. There are extensive photos as the team of artists carves the bear, killer whale and thunderbird that decorate this ceremonial artwork.

  6. Southwestern U. S. Rock Art This web gallery has artworks from 12 ancient sites in Utah. The images are fascinating and the colors are clear and beautiful.

  7. Jim Schoppert This web gallery is dedicated to the work of Tlingit Alaskan artist Jim Schoppert. He interpreted the traditional techniques and forms of his tribe in totally modern and unique artworks. There are beautiful paintings and sculptures in the show.

  8. Totem Poles of the Northwest Indians The University of Washington has posted this essay about totem poles. There are three historic photos bu this link gives you cultural context information rather than artworks.

  9. Campfire Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures In the 1830's the artist George Catlin traveled west to document the vanishing Native North American cultures. He painted the chiefs, the villages and the surrounding plains and mountains. This incredible website produced by the Smithsonian Institute includes artwork, dramatic readings of Catlin's writings and fascinating stories about the Indians that he wanted the world to know.

  10. Chaco Canyon Over 1,100 years ago the Anasazi Indians built a complex of cities in Chaco Canyon. Here you can read about the people and their culture and see photopraphs of the site as it looks today.

  11. First American Art The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian created this web site to document a very special exhibit. The many beautiful artworks are organized by theme: integrity, emotion, movement, idea, composition and intimacy.

  12. Textiles of the Southwest Explore the weaving traditions of the American Indians and Hispanic residents of the North American Southwest. Over the past 2,000 years, weavers in this region have created a wide variety of textiles that express the changing circumstances of their lives and the extensive flow of ideas across cultural frontiers. The textiles demonstrate the skill and creativity of these weavers and their dynamic weaving traditions.

  13. Native Arts and The Horse The Smithsonian Native American Museum has on online exhibit "Song of the Horse Nation." This section focuses on artworks associated with the horse, including clothing and personal items, women's arts, carvings, chest ornaments and more. The digital reproductions are excellent.

  14. Infinity of Nations Presents highlights from their permanent collections which include artworks from North, Central and South America. Eleven sections on regions or cultures - such as Amazon or Woodland Indians - show excellent digital images with brief explanations for each image. The introduction to each section is very informative.

  15. Beauty, Honor and Tradition This exhibit will show you wonderful works of art from the American Plains Indians. Included are: Shirts of Power, Warrior As Artist, Power in Animals and more. There are even examples of traditional quill work.


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