Art & Culture

Indigenous Cuba

The real Cuba traditionally starts in the East, in Oriente province, where Indigeneity is now the hallmark. Native families have hung on in isolated villages, preserving traditional customs and traditional agriculture. The return to old food sources helped pull the island through recent times of difficulty. Read more »

Storytelling on Film

The burgeoning Indigenous film industry has grown hand in hand with Native film and video festivals, giving the First Nations new ways and forums for telling their stories. Read more »

It's Just Between Us

Three generations from one famous Cape Dorset, Nunavut, family of artists track changing attitudes of Canadian Inuit toward the modern world, and themselves. An impressive selection of their works is now on display at the George Gustav Heye Center in Lower Manhattan. Read more »


Even before there was a United States, colonial settlers used Indian imagery to set themselves apart from Europe. The major new exhibit Americans, opening this fall at the Museum on the National Mall, explores the ubiquitous Native presence in American popular culture and its role in national self-identification. Read more »

Art That Moves

Life, and tradition, are in constant motion, and Native artists are capturing this state of flux through a variety of technologies. The new exhibit Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound, opening November 10 at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, reflects this dynamic force of change. Read more »

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 »