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

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.

The Heard Museum maintains 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.

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:

Historic Acoma Pueblo Pottery Identification
Historic Zuni Pottery, collectors guide to zuni pottery, how to date and price Zuni pottery
How To Identify Antique San Ildefonso Polychrome Pottery
How To Identify Early Hopi Pottery
Maria Martinez Black and Red Pottery
Maria Martinez and Popovi Gunmetal Pottery
Maria Martinez pottery types of coloration and rarity, not all Maria pottery is black
Nampeyo pottery, the master of Hopi pottery
Pueblo and Maria Martinez Pottery what to look for in condition

For weavings:

Characteristics of Navajo Blankets
Five Factors To Value Navajo Rugs and Blankets
How to identify a Germantown Navajo Blanket
How to identify a Navajo Chiefs Blanket
How to identify Navajo Child's Blankets
How to Identify a Navajo Rug
How To Value Navajo Rugs and Blankets
Navajo Blanket Yarn Analysis and Identification
Navajo Rug vs Blanket
Navajo weavings: the Spirit Line
Pricing and Identification: Navajo Saddle Blankets
Storm Patterns Navajo rugs from the Crystal trading post
Tips on Navajo Classic Blankets
Transitional Versus Classic Navajo Blankets who to tell the difference
Two Grey Hills Navajo weavings: how to identify and their history

For carvings:

How To Identify Early Hopi and Zuni Kachina Dolls

For baskets:

How to handle and identify Apache baskets
How to Identify Pima Baskets vs Apache Baskets
Pictorial elements and price structure for Native American basketry
Tips on what to look for in Indian baskets


How to identify fake antique Native American art
Native American art and polychrome coloration and how it effects value

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 msueum's YouTube channel. The channel contains numerous videos featuring Native American speakers. Accessed March. 2105.

Navajo Weaving from Evangeline Succo teaches her son Ian about Navajo Weaving.

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.

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network includes a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of Boston-area museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. Boston College partnered with the 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]


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