A visit to the museum on the National Mall turns into an intense encounter with Native identity, thanks to a new interactive play presented by the NMAI and the Smithsonian Associates’ Discovery Theater.
Art & Culture
Women produce the majority of Native art, and they are finally getting recognition by name in a major exhibition. “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists” is now on view at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
Overcoming rear-guard resistance, American Indian writers and their allies are blasting a place in the speculative genre for an Indigenous worldview and discovering surprising affinities.
Joy Harjo’s unique poetry and music have broken ground and helped revitalize an interest in these Native arts. This year, she became the first American Indian to be named Poet Laureate of the United States.
Filling the Silence: Baskets Preserve Shan Goshorn's Unique Talents and Depict Lasting Impacts of Indian Boarding Schools
A basket series newly acquired by the NMAI pays tribute to the suffering of students at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and to the unique talent of the late Shan Goshorn.
Ancestral Connections: A Constellation of Contemporary Artists Show Their Ties to Their Native Cultures
A new NMAI exhibition in New York brings together contemporary Native artworks with past influences spanning the Western Hemisphere. The pieces vary greatly in their forms and origins, yet their creators share a common thread: all take inspiration from their Indigenous roots.
This new exhibit at NMAI in New York chronicles how Native artists struggled during the past eight decades to break through stereotypes of American Indian art.
This concha belt crafted from bison horn portrays eight American Indian women who have taken on tough issues to defend their communities and beyond.
After more than a century, 100 Tewa Pueblo vessels that were curated at NMAI are finally awake—and pilgrimaging home to New Mexico.
An artist brings formline style and infinite possibilities to the comic book hero universe.