Issues Background
Vol. 22 No. 4
Winter 2021
Cover of NMAI Winter 2021

On the Cover

This carved raven is only one of the stunning glass sculptures in the “Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight” exhibition, which opens at the National Museum of the American Indian in January 2022.

Dieit Yéil (White Raven); Preston Singletary, 2017; blown, hot-sculpted and sand-carved glass; 18.5” x 7” x 9”.

Photo by Russell Johnson, Courtesy of Museum of Glass


A scene from 'Molly of Denali' television show
“Molly of Denali” writer Vera Starbard (Tlingit/Dena’ina) talks about the importance of distinguishing cultural appreciation from appropriation.
Dancer and choreographer Emily Johnson performing
This award-winning Yup’ik meta choreographer doesn’t simply break the conventions of contemporary dance; she ignores them.
A blackened Raven holding the sun
Preston Singletary’s innovative “Raven and the Box of Daylight” exhibition and other works have altered the glass art movement and brought North Pacific Coast cultures to light.
The cast of 'Reservation Dogs'
Indigenous directors, writers and actors are changing the narrative of American television and film.
A still from 'Never Alone' of a young girl and her white arctic fox
The explosive video game industry now offers a glimpse into authentic Indigenous cultures.
Playing cards

While some traditional Native games have been mostly pastimes, others taught life-saving skills and helped avert conflicts.

The "Raven Story" U.S. postage stamp showing raven with the sun in his mouth and surrounded by stars
The “Raven Story” U.S. postage stamp transports a Tlingit tale across a nation.