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Indigenous Art of the Americas: Contemporary Native Art

This resource guide will help a student locate resources about Indigenous art of the Americas.

Indigenous Art Forms

In this guide you will find a range of resources including videos, articles, books, and links to external archives, institutions and websites that will introduce you to Indigenous artists and art history about Indigenous art and artists of North America. The art historical lens around Indigenous arts is highly contested as many Indigenous histories, arts, and cultural practices for many years were siloed to anthropological fields. For decades now, Native scholars and others have pushed forward and shine light on contemporary Indigenous arts as opposed to a type of art  that only exists in the past. The resources here are part of our growing collection of materials around Indigenous arts and art historical work, but also listed are local and national links to other institutions doing important and relevant cultural work. Feel free to e-mail us with any other suggestions you'd like to add to this guide.  


Books pre-1990s



Native Scholars

Jennifer Nez Dennetdale is the first-ever Diné/Navajo to earn a Ph.D. in history. She is Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico and teaches courses in Critical Indigenous Studies, Indigenous gender and sexuality, Indigenous feminisms and gender, and Navajo Studies. 

Nick Estes is a citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department at the University of New Mexico. 

Philip J. Deloria, Yankton Dakota
Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University

Henrietta Mann, Cheyenne
Professor Emerita of Native American Studies at the University of Montana, Missoula and Montana State University, Bozeman and Founding President of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College


TED Talk on The exclusion of Native American art from the art world by Jeffrey Gibson

Film 'When you're lost in the rain' by artist Sky Hopinka

Artist Will Wilson on Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange for Crystal Bridges Museum

Lecture on Contemporary Indigenous Art in a Global Context from the Whitney

Aperture Fall 2020 Issue


Single Artist Monographs & Exhibition Catalogues

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