10 Stunning Examples of Native American Artistry
A major traveling exhibit showcases some of our country’s most exquisite Native masterpieces, ranging from a 12th-century clay pipe to a very modern pair of beaded shoes.
Gauntlets, ca. 1890
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Sioux-Metis artist, North or South Dakota. Native tanned leather, glass and brass beads, cotton cloth.
Shield, ca. 1850
Arikara artist, North Dakota. Buffalo rawhide, native tanned leather, pigment. Learn these facts about Native American culture that you didn’t hear in history class.
Jamie Okuma, Luiseno/Shoshone-Bannock, California. Commercial shoes, glass, and 24 karat gold beads. Learn more–read about these important Native American traditions and beliefs.
Human effigy pipe (The Hero Redhorn or Morningstar), ca. 1100-1200
Mississippian artist, Spiro Mound, Le Flore County, Oklahoma. Missouri flint clay.
Woman’s dress and accessories, 2005
Jodi Gillette, Hunkpapa Lakota (Teton Sioux), North Dakota. Native tanned and commercial leather, glass and metal beads, cotton cloth, silk, dentalium shell, metal cones, horsehair, plastic, hair pipes, brass bells, porcupine quills, brass tacks, brass and metal studs, silver cones.
Girl’s belt set, ca. 1884
Southern Cheyenne artist, Oklahoma. Commercial and native tanned leather, German silver, glass beads, metal cones, cowrie shells, brass beads, bone, deer’s tail, pigment, shell, wooden bead, brass gear, metal key.
The Last Lakota Horse Raid Doll, 1991
Rhonda Holy Bear, Sans Arc, Two Kettle and Hunkpapa Lakota (Teton Sioux), Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Reservations, North and South Dakota. Wood, native tanned and commercial leather, glass beads, pigment, cotton cloth, hair, dentalium shells, abalone, German silver, metal cones, brass tacks and beads.