Native American and Indigenous Heritage

These stories celebrate the cultural achievements of Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian artists.

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A Conversation with Will Wilson

Will Wilson's photography, rooted in his upbringing on the Navajo Nation, intertwines the past, present, and future of Indigenous cultural practices.

Exploring Indigenous Ceramics: A Pueblo Community Panel

Delve into the spirit of Pueblo pottery and hear from community leaders, curators, artists, and collaborators on The Met’s first-ever, community-curated Native American exhibition, Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery.

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Art and Activism: Environmental Protection and Contemporary Indigenous Art

Join featured artists and the curator of the exhibitions “Water Memories” and “Art of Native America: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection” for a conversation exploring the significance of water to diverse Indigenous peoples and Nations in the United States, as expressed through historical, modern, and contemporary art. Delve into the artists’ artistic processes while examining the ongoing work to protect water and land, aesthetic activism, and the unique challenges contemporary Indigenous artist-activists face.

Portrait of several Native American veterans

A Salute to the Artistic Legacy of Native American Veterans

Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month in Watson Library
Georgia O'Keeffe's painting, "From the Faraway, Nearby" with an imaginary mule deer skull and antlers levitating over a rather generalized desert landscape

Revisiting “O’Keeffe Country”

Two Indigenous scholars discuss what—and who—the artist omits in her depiction of New Mexico
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Indigenizing Fashion with Amber-Dawn Bear Robe

The curator and art historian reflects on the significance of representation in the world of fashion.
Indigenous American climate justice activist Xiye Bastida shouts into a megaphone in front of a large-scale protest

The Importance of Reciprocity

Climate justice activist Xiye Bastida’s perspectives are brought to bear on Thomas Cole’s iconic landscape painting The Oxbow.

Thomas Cole's landscape painting "The Oxbow

Reexamining the Wilderness Aesthetic

What’s missing from Cole’s environmentalism is the idea of justice
Southwestern landscape

Contemporary Native American Art Books

Watson Library celebrates Native American Heritage Month with books by and about Indigenous artists
Joe Baker poses in front of a painting

Committing to the Beauty of Lenape Art

How Joe Baker reclaimed a historic artform in order to assert his Lenape identity.
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