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Native North American Art: a Guide to Information Resources: Images

This guide serves as a starting point for researching the art of Native North Americans. Special emphasis is placed on materials relevant to the tribes of the Great Lakes region.

Suggested Resources

Early Images of Virginia Indians Companion to an exhibit of prints of Native Americans made by Europeans in the late-16th and 17th centuries. Includes illustrated essays about interpreting historical images, invented scenes from narratives (such as the abduction of Pocahontas), and fanciful figures. From the Virginia Historical Society William W. Cole Collection.

Faces of the Frontier : Photographic Portraits of the American West, 1845-1924 includes portraits of Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Geronimo.

George Catlin and His Indian Gallery  The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum features this virtual exhibit on George Catlin and his work. Catlin spent his life recording the customs and cultures of Native American tribes, and lobbying to protect their way of life.

National Museum of the American Indian  Part of the Smithsonian Institute, the National Museum of the American Indian is "the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans."  Links to numerous online exhibtions are included on the site.

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Terrie Wilson
Humanities Coordinator and Head, Art Library
Michigan State University
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