Native American and Indigenous Studies

This page highlights Artstor content related to the experiences and cultural traditions of indigenous peoples from across the globe: Native Americans, Canada's First Nations, Inuit, the Maori in New Zealand, Pre-Columbian cultures of Mexico, Central, and South America (Inca, Aztec, Maya, Mapuche), and Aboriginal peoples in Australia, among others. These cultures are illustrated by historic and contemporary photographs of ceremonial scenes, architecture and landscapes, as well as studio portraits of individuals and tribal delegations. Artifacts of material culture such as baskets, textiles, tools, masks, and costumes are also available.
View our Curated Image Group: Native American Studies, Pre-Columbian and Native American Art, Oceanic Art, each featuring 100 images selected by an expert to serve as an introduction to the topic.

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Photographer Susan Silberberg-Peirce of Canyonlights World Art Image Bank has documented Prehistoric and Native American sites in the Southwestern United States. In 2006, Silberberg-Peirce traveled to New Mexico to photograph ancient Pueblo and Mogollon archaeological sites and petroglyphs at Chaco Canyon, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Jemez State Monument, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, Petroglyph National Monument, and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site. The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence University has 48 Inuit prints and drawings, primarily from the Kinngait Studios in Cape Dorset and the Uqqurmiut Arts Center in Pangnirtung, both on Canada’s Arctic Baffin Island, Nunavut.

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