Native American Representational Art: online videos

See these online videos: is a unique, non-profit entity that has an extensive collection of biographies, profiles and interviews of the great thinkers, achievers and influencers of our time. The site features video segments of an interview with Native American artist Fritz Scholder recorded on June 29, 1996 at Sun Valley, Idaho. Accessed May, 2015

Arizona Highways Television is a series of programs devoted to exploring the highways and byways of Arizona. The television programs were created in the spirit of Arizona Highways magazine, a division of the Arizona Department of Transportation. Arizona Highways Television was created in partnership with The Arizona Republic. Programs include:

Accessed May, 2015

Arizona Public Media offers a February 5, 2008 video (05:14) on Louis David Valenzuela. Sculptor Louis David Valenzuela is doing everyting he can do to keep the Yaqui culture alive through his art. Valenzuela's Pascola masks are in the collection of the Arizona State Museum. In this story, you will see how and why he creates those sacred masks. Accessed May, 2015

Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art has a videos page on its website containing a 4/8/14 gallery talk [53:04] for the exhibit Alan Houser Drawings: A Centennial Celebration. Another video [1:17:49] features a 9/19/12 gallery talk by collector James T. Bialac with Heather Ahtone. Accessed June, 2015.

Heard Museum maintained a Heard Videos page containing links to documentaries, interviews and performances. As of February, 2010 interviews include a three-part interview with Albuquerque Museum Curator Deborah Slaney who tours the C.G. Wallace collection of Zuni Jewelry. In other videos, Norman Sandfield discusses his seedpot collection and Nora Naranjo-Morse speaks about her sculpture. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

New Mexico KNME videos via YouTube:

Allan Houser: Notable New Mexican. A look at the life and art of Allan Houser. Born as Allan C. Haozous, this artist was to become known as Allan Houser, one of the 20th Century's most important artists. Allan's father was with the small band of Warm Springs Chiricahuas when their leader, Geronimo, surrendered to the U.S. Army in 1886 in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. At an early age Allan became interested in Apache traditions and cultural life, which he celebrated in his life's work. In 1934 a notice for an art school in Santa Fe attracted his attention, and he enrolled in the Painting School at the Santa Fe Indian School. Commonly known as the Dorothy Dunn School after its prominent teacher, Allan became its most famous student and by 1939 his work was exhibited in San Francisco, Washington D. C., and Chicago. In the same year he received a commission to paint a mural in the Department of Interior building in Washington, and its success led to a second mural commission there in 1940. In 1962 Allan joined the faculty of the newly created Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. There he created the sculpture department and focused on three-dimensional art work. As he taught and created sculpture he integrated the aesthetics of the modernists with his narrative ideas. By the late 1960's he began exhibiting this sculpture and recognition of his unique style grew. Museums and private collectors sought out examples, and his influence became apparent on hundreds of students and other artists. In 1975 Allan retired from teaching to devote himself full-time to his own work. In the two following decades he produced close to 1,000 sculptures in stone, wood, and bronze, and emerged as a major figure on an international scale. He had nearly 50 solo exhibitions in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and he continued working tirelessly until his death in 1994. Orginally broadcast on New Mexico PBS station KNME. Text courtesy of YouTube. [05:14]
Indian Art Through Indian Eyes. Many people come to the Southwest and see Native American art as items for the tourist trade. Indian Art Through Indian Eyes begins an important dialogue to bridge a cultural gap -- to show Indian art that has impact and is about the human spirit. Developing and showing works of leading Native American artists, the IAIA Museum has dedicated itself for over 35 years to showing the great depth and talent of Native American artists. From traditional to contemporary, the art at the IAIA Museum is both beautiful and challenging. The artworks are vital, full of heart and soul. Indian Art through Indian Eyes chronicles the growth of American Indian art and the importance of art in Native American life. Originally broadcast on New Mexico PBS station KNME. Text courtesy of YouTube. (1of3) [08:08], (2of3) [07:38], (3of3) [09:30]
Maria Martinez: Notable New Mexican.[05:08] A look at the life and art of Native American craft artist and potter Maria Martinez, of San Ildefonso Pueblo. Few craft artists, Native American or otherwise, can claim worldwide fame and appreciation like Maria Martinez. Through her hard work and generous sharing of her pottery techniques, Maria reintroduced the art of pottery making to her people, providing them with a means of artistic expression and for retaining traditional aspects of the pueblo way of life. For nearly one hundred years, until her death in 1980, Maria was always eager to greet visitors and share her craft. Maria and her family have been and continue to be ambassadors from San Ildefonso Pueblo sharing the rich culture and heritage with the rest of the world. In this documentary, Maria's grandchildren and great grand children share their memories and appreciation for the work and legacy of this notable New Mexican. Orginally broadcast on New Mexico PBS station KNME. Text courtesy of YouTube.

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Maria Martinez: Notable New Mexican [5:08] Orginally broadcast on New Mexico PBS station KNME.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture website includes a link to the museum's YouTube channel. The channel contains numerous videos featuring Native American speakers. Accessed May, 2015.

Navajo Weaving from Evangeline Succo teaches her son Ian about Navajo weaving. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

From New Mexico PBS via YouTube, a six minute video Maria Martinez: Notable New Mexican. Also see Allan Houser: Notable New Mexican from New Mexico PBS - 5 minutes - Jul 17, 2006.

The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA produced an online presentation titled Indian Market: New Directions in Southwestern Native American Pottery to accompany a 2002 exhibition. The "Indian Market" segment describes the annual event in a video interview with Sicangu Lakota artist and psychiatrist Thomas Haukass. Accessed May, 2015.

PBS maintains an online archive of individual segments from NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Several segments covering the visual arts are available by video search in the Arts & Entertainment category by keyword "Jeffrey Brown". Arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown reports: November 25, 2004 on the Smithsonian's newly-opened National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.; September 21, 2004 on the opening of National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

ResearchChannel provides an online video-on-demand library containing streaming content including lectures on the arts and humanities. Content as of April, 2007 includes: The Exploration of Northwest Coast Indian Art in which according to the Research Channel, "...Professor Emeritus Bill Holm examines how Northwest Coast Native American Art has been perceived over the generations and what is going on today to understand it." Produced by University of Washington, January 14, 2003. 47 minutes. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Dr. Mark Sublette, owner of Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson and Santa Fe, has created a channel of YouTube online videos on topics relating to Native American baskets, weavings, pottery and carvings. As of 2011, titles included:

For pottery:

For weavings:

For carvings:

For baskets:


Accessed May, 2015.

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. Boston College partnered with the WGBH Forum Network for: Religious Imagery in Navajo Textiles (1 hour, 11 minutes) a lecture by Rebecca Valette, professor, french, Boston College, who explains that seemingly abstract Navajo designs are, in fact, religious symbols imbued with specific meanings. [November 7, 2002] Accessed May, 2015.


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