Native American Art

with an emphasis on representational art


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Native American Art." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:


Above the Fruited Plain: Native ledger art by Dwayne Wilcox (5/13/16)

Red Horse: Drawings of the Battle of the Little Bighorn (1/29/16)

Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection (8/11/15)

Loloma: Expressions in Metal, Ink and Clay (4/2/15)

The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky (3/30/15)

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain (2/16/15)

The Plains Indians-Artists of Earth and Sky; essay by Gaylord Torrence (10/6/14)

Journey Through History: Art and Artifacts from the Collection of Dr. Van Kirke & Helen Nelson (7/9/14)

Eah-Ha-Wa (Eva Mirabal) and Jonathan Warm Day Coming (3/7/13)


Katsina in Hopi Life (2/25/12)

Elegance From Earth: Hopi Pottery (3/14/12)

2010 -2011

The Art of Ceremony: American Indian Painting of the 20th Century (12/12/11)

Native American Ledger Drawings from the Hood Museum of Art: The Mark Lansburgh Collection (11/12/10)

Engaging with Nature: American and Native American Artists (A.D. 1200-2004) (6/17/10)

Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection (4/5/10)

Walking in Harmony: The Life and Work of Lomawywesa, Michael Kabotie (3/15/10)


Albino R. Hinojosa: An American Realist (9/5/09)

Passionate Journey: The Grice Collection of Native American Art (8/3/09)

Migrations: New Directions in Native American Art (9/2/09)

Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art (4/9/09)

Mothers & Daughters: Stories in Clay (1/28/09)


Giinaquq (Like A Face): Sugpiaq Masks of the Kodiak Archipelago (12/19/08)

"The Painted Arrow People": Art of the Cheyenne (11/12/08)

S'abadeb -- The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists (11/8/08)

Selections from The Richard E. and Dorothy Rawlings Nelson Collection of American Indian Art (10/24/08)

Pueblo Clay, America's First Pottery (6/14/08)

Old Traditions in New Pots: Silver Seed Pots from the Norman L. Sandfield Collection (5/14/08)

Wrapped in Tradition: The Chihuly Collection of Native American Trade Blankets (5/9/08)

The Poetry of Line: The Pen and Ink Drawings of Earl Biss (4/26/08)

Many Colored Weaves (4/21/08)

Native Couture: A History of Santa Fe Style (4/22/08)

A Modern Kiva Mural (4/11/08)

A Kiowa's Odyssey: A Sketchbook from Fort Marion (1/25/08)


From Dreams May We Learn: Paintings and Drawings by Rabbett Before Horses (12/17/07)

From Dreams May We Learn: Paintings and Drawings by Rabbett Before Horses; Inroduction by Ken Bloom (12/17/07)

From Dreams May We Learn: Paintings and Drawings by Rabbett Before Horses; Narratives by Jean Buffalo (12/17/07)

Blue Winds Dancing: The Whitecloud Collection of Native American Art (12/15/07)

Crafted to Perfection: The Nancy & Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery (12/13/07)

Pip Brant: The Flying Carpet and Other Reusables; with essay by Eleanor Heartney (11/5/07)

Portrait, Identity, Culture: Across Time, Space and Meaning (10/22/07)

Clothing, Identity, and Creativity: The Importance of Embroidered Arts of the Plateau, Great Basin, and Plains in the William Healey Collection of Gauntlets; essay by Joyce M. Szabo (9/18/07)

Frontier Shorthand: Beaded Gauntlets as a Symbol of Western Authenticity; essay by Steven L. Grafe (9/18/07)

Myth and Reality: The Art of the Great Plains (9/18/07)

Iroquois Games and Dances: Paintings by Tom Two Arrows (7/11/07)

Plains Indian Drawings: The Gerald and Hope Solomons Collection (5/26/07)

Elemental Forms: The Art of Dan and Arlo Namingha (5/3/07)

Weaving a Collection: Native American Baskets from the Bruce Museum (2/18/07)

Gifts of the Forest: Native Traditions in Wood and Bark (1/24/07)


Michael Scott: Farny Fables (12/13/06)

Indian Modernism: Selections from the Silberman Collection (11/22/06)

Text and Texture: Narrative in Contemporary Southwest Native American Art (11/8/06)

The First 100 Years: Southern Plains Painting and Drawing (6/26/06)

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Made in America (5/15//06)

Forms of Exchange: Art of Native Peoples from the Edward J. Guarino Collection (5/10/06)

Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light (5/10/06)


Addition of "Photographic Collage" by World-Renowned Thorney Lieberman to the Collection of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art (10/6/05)

Fusing Traditions: Transformations in Glass by Native American Artists (4/23/05)

Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South (2/11/05)

People of the River: Native Arts of the Oregon Territory (1/25/05)


Picturing Change: The Impact of Ledger Drawings on Native American Art (11/24/04)

Beneath A Turquoise Sky: Navajo Painters and Their World (5/27/04)

Southwest Textiles: Pueblo and Navajo Traditions (2/20/04)

Geometry and Symbolism: The Splendor of American Indian Parfleches from the Meredith Collection (2/11/04)

Art of the Osage (2/9/04)

The Fleischaker Collection: Western and Native American Art (1/29/04)

Visualizing a Mission: Artifacts and Imagery of the Carlisle Indian School, 1879-1918 (1/17/04)

The Norma K. and Edwin J. Seiferle Collection of Native American Art (1/17/04)

Visualizing a Mission: Artifacts and Imagery of the Carlisle Indian School, 1879-1918 (1/17/04)


Artistic Expression: Essential to a Culture -- Selections from Native American Collections (10/2/03)

Introduction to "Connecting Generations: Contemporary American Indian Dolls" by Twig Johnson and Napiura Taubman (10/2/03)

American Indian Art at the Spencer Museum of Art (9/25/03)

"Connecting Generations: Contemporary American Indian Dolls" and "Growing Up: Childhood in American and Native American Art" (9/22/03)

Clara Neptune Keezer: A Legacy of Passamaquoddy Basket Making (9/11/03)

The Responsive Eye: Ralph T. Coe and the Collecting of American Indian Art (7/26/03)

Walk in Beauty: Hózhó and Navajo Basketry (4/15/03)


Mountain, Family, Spirit: The Arts and Culture of the Ute Indians (8/19/02)


Weaving Culture: Baskets from the Museum of Northern Arizona Collections (10/18/00)

Legends of Our Times: Native Ranching and Rodeo Life on the Plains and Plateau (9/21/00)

Art of Grace and Passion: Antique American Indian Art (3/2/00)


Winter Camp: Honoring the Legacy - Contemporary Expressions of Oklahoma Tribal Art (12/4/99)

Gifts of Pride and Love: Kiowa and Comanche Cradles (11/23/99)

Down From the Shimmering Sky: Masks of the Northwest Coast (5/13/99)

Center for Native American Art at Portland Art Museum (5/13/99)


Powerful Images: Portrayals of Native America (12/10/98)


Articles and essays from Resource Library regarding Navajo Weavings (also see Weaving for other resources)

Many Colored Weaves (4/21/08)

Trees in a Circle: Navajo Weavings of Teec Nos Pos (1/14/06)

Woven Rainbows: American Indian Trade Blankets (11/21/05)

Blanket Statements (9/19/05)

Trees in a Circle: Navajo Weavings of Teec Nos Pos (9/15/04)

Southwest Textiles: Pueblo and Navajo Traditions (2/20/04)

Evolving Identities: Figurative Work from the 19th Century to Now (2/4/04)

American Indian Art at the Spencer Museum of Art (9/25/03)

Angel DeCora: American Artist and Educator; article by Sarah McAnulty (8/4/03)

The Navajo Weaving Tradition (11/13/00)

Stories Woven In: the Navajo Way of Seeing (9/9/99)

Southwest Weaving: A Continuum (7/7/99)

Navajo Weavings from the Getzwiller Collection (1/29/99)

Gifts of the Spirit: Works by 19th Century and Contemporary Native American Artists (5/24/98)


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