The Wallace's innovative work using fossil ivory, silver, and richly colored stones explores a contemporary style that is rooted in the traditions of Denise's Chugach culture.The couple’s designs are inspired by the people, animals, and the natural environment of Alaska and recall the stories told to Denise by her Alaskan grandmother.Illustrated with nearly 100 color images, the book features works by modern masters such as Norval Morrisseau, George Morrison, and Blake Debassige as well as traditional objects such as painted drums, carved containers, and bags embroidered with porcupine quills. The authors also discuss how the artists, in their work, have accommodated, incorporated, or challenged newcomers.Showcasing the powerful indigenous art of a region that spans national borders, the book provides readers with an understanding of the Anishinaabeg as contemporary citizens of North America with deep roots in their Great Lakes homeland.Respected singers, storytellers, artists, elders, and scholars from Native cultures throughout the Americas were invited to the museum to choose objects of personal meaning to them.In this evocative blend of first-person narratives, stunning illustrations, and historic photographs, Native voices celebrate American Indian cultures and their perseverance in the contemporary landscape.The art of contemporary Inuvialuit artist Abraham Anghik Ruben explores the social, cultural, and spiritual lives of his Inuvialuit (Inuit) ancestors and the influences of Viking adventurers and Norse settlers who came to the North American Arctic.is an illustrated overview of the intricate sculptural jewelry created by Denise Wallace (Chugach Aleut) and her non-Native husband and partner, Samuel Wallace.
Using objects from the museum’s collection, historical photographs, and the voices of Native Americans past and present, From Pocahontas to popular film, and from reservation life to the “urban Indian” experience, the experts of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian debunk the most common myths and answer the most frequently asked questions about Native Americans.
With enticing food photography and images from the museum’s collection, this cookbook is a testament to the Native contribution to American cuisine.
The book includes illustrated essays by eight Native writers who offer personal insight into a variety of food traditions—ranging from tributes to fry bread and June berries by George P.
Poolaw, a Kiowa Indian from Anadarko, Oklahoma, documented his community during a time of great change, witnessing with his camera the transformations that each decade of the twentieth century brought to his multi-tribal community.
In the 1960s and 70s, the notion of American Indian art was turned on its head by artists who fought against prejudice and popular cliches.
Today, museums have begun to incorporate the Native perspective in their displays.