Art & Culture

Mending the Border

The art collective Postcommodity brings an ingenious eye to issues of the U.S. - Mexico frontier through several much-acclaimed installations. Work on its dramatic Repellent Fence provides a model for bi-national cooperation. Read more »

Reading, Writing and Preserving

An Extinction Event threatens indigenous languages. Here are some of the efforts the federal government, Native organizations and individual tribes and scholars are taking to avert this cultural disaster. Read more »

The Guarani Altar

The Pai Tavytera, a group of Paraguay’s Guarani Indians, carved a ceremonial altar for donation to the National Museum of the American Indian as a way of preserving their culture. Deceptively simple, it tells a deep story about their place in the cosmos. Read more »

Native Fashion Now Exhibition

New York’s exposure to the broad range of Indigenous couture continues in February at the Museum’s George Gustav Heye Center in lower Manhattan with the arrival of the travelling exhibition Native Fashion Now. Orga-nized by the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass., the survey presents more than 60 Native fashion designers from the U.S. and Canada. The Coby Foundation Ltd. provided generous support. Read more »

Pueblo Style Takes New York

Long a leader in Southwest design, Patricia Michaels (Taos Pueblo) made a national breakthrough, for herself and for indigenous designers, as a star of the television competition show Project Runway. She recently returned to Manhattan, along with Diné designer Orlando Dugi, with a spectacular Style Fashion Week presentation in the elegant Hammerstein Ballroom. Read more »

Pop Culture

Because of his social media popularity, he receives invitations from around the world to conduct seminars for youth, both native and non-native. His self-taught style of creating visual art has allowed him to share his own experiences with youth who already have the technology readily available, such as their smartphones. Read more »

Athena LaTocha

The Alaska-born artist works ink into paper with a variety of found objects, including tire strips, but excluding brushes, to fashion huge artworks inspired by the majestic landscapes of her youth. Read more »

Coloring the Native Northwest Coast

Four colors – black, red, blue and green – have consistently been used on the Northwest Coast for thousands of years in spite of outside influences and the historic availability of an infinite array of colors. The integration of this color palette with the cosmologies, rituals and daily life of Northwest Coast indigenous peoples has become as important as the form and function of objects, the unique structure of the art form and is so iconic the entire coast is identified with and by these colors. Read more »

A Talk with Pena Bonita

Pena Bonita (Seminole/Apache) grew up in New Mexico but she has made New York’s Lower East Side her home since the 1980s, where many other American Indian artists were living. An engaging, edgy and photogenic woman, she defies stylistic labels and embraces contemporary and traditional Native themes. Simultaneously political and aesthetically pleasing, Bonita’s art attracts fans across the generations. Read more »

A World Made by Women

An overwhelming percentage of the ancient and historic American Indian art that one sees in museums, both across the United States and abroad, was produced by women. No one familiar with this art would argue that, at its very best, the aesthetic sensibilities it embodies are anything less than sublime. Read more »