Native American Art

Post image for The Sculptor Who Merged Cherokee and Art Deco Styles

TULSA, Okla. — Willard Stone’s wood-carving style might be described as Art Deco Cherokee, with a distinct, streamlined movement and natural themes that reflect his indigenous heritage.

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Post image for A Mural Honors the Ruins of an American Indian Boarding School

CONCHO, Okla. — Overgrown grass creeps up around the decayed remains of the Concho Indian Boarding School, its faded yellow walls pocked with gaping doorways and boarded windows.

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Post image for The Brutality of Little Bighorn, as Seen by Someone Who Was There

TULSA, Okla. — Decades after the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn, Stephen Standing Bear, who participated in the tumultuous engagement, recalled its chaos: “I could see Indians charging all around me. Then I could see the soldiers and Indians all mixed up and there were so many guns going off that I couldn’t hear them.”

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Post image for A Cherokee Fashion Designer Who Mixed Native Modernism with Midcentury Trends

SANTA FE, NM — The worlds of fashion and fine art often collide, both in the museum and on the runway.

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Post image for A Native American Artist Who Painted Pop and Challenged the Status Quo

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967–1980, currently on view at the Phoenix Art Museum, features over 40 oil paintings and prints by the Luiseño artist.

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Post image for Could a Survey of American Indian Art Tell the Human Stories Behind Beautiful Objects?

TOLEDO — Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection presents a conundrum of conscience.

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Post image for Contemporary and Historic Ledger Art Joined in a Seamless Native Narrative

Too often museums exhibit indigenous art of the United States as artifacts made by ghosts, even though many of these traditions are still inspiring contemporary creators.

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Post image for An Ojibway Prophecy Reimagined on Film

What does it mean to be Ojibway now, in 2016?

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Post image for A 19th-Century Cheyenne Warrior’s Drawings of His Life as a POW

Some of the best-known 19th-century ledger art was created by Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche, Kiowa, and Caddo prisoners of war at Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida, following the Red River Wars.

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Post image for The Modernist-Inspired Watercolors of a Pioneering Pueblo Painter

Tsireh’s watercolors recall a remarkable period of creative art-making from the Native American community, and this exhibition gives him dimension and the recognition he deserves.

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