Native American Highlights – Inventories of American Painting & Sculpture

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s research databases -- the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture -- provide descriptive data on over 350,000 art works, done by artists born or working in this country. This is a small sampling of works listed in the Inventories which pertain to Native Americans and Native American history. Follow the links below and explore our nation’s rich collection of Native American art.

 

Find depictions of Native Americans in paintings:


Find works by these selected Native American painters:

Albert Jacquez (1895-1962)

Julian Martinez (1879-1943)

Stephen Mopope (1898-1974)

Bonita Wa Wa Calachaw Nunez (1888-1972)

Earnest Spybuck (1883-1949)

Awa Tsireh (1895-1955)


Notable painters of Indians

Elbridge Ayer Burbank (1858-1949)

George Catlin (1796-1872)

Seth Eastman (1808-1875)

Paul Kane (1810-1871)

Charles Bird King (1785-1862)

Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953)

John Mix Stanley (1814-1872)


Click here to see a list of all Native American painters and sculptors listed in the Inventories

Portraits of Indians


“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.’” –Crowfoot




Notable Native Americans:

Crazy Horse

Hiawatha

Pocahontas

Red Cloud

Red Jacket

Sacajawea

Sitting Bull



“The trail is lost, the path is hid, and winds that blow from out the ages sweep me on to that chill borderland where Time's spent sands engulf lost peoples and lost trails.” -Marion Manville Pope


   

Find depictions of Native Americans in outdoor sculpture:

Sculptures with images

Find works by these selected Native American sculptors:

Enrique Alferez (1901- )

Richmond Barthe (1901-1989)

Haozous (1943- )

Allan Houser (1914-1994)

Charles Huntington (1925- )

Doug Hyde (1946- )

Gary Price (1955- )


Native American Subjects:


Browse by Tribe Name

American Indian Mythology

Ceremony

French & Indian War

Indian Chiefs

Indian Dress

Indian Wars

Totem Poles

Westward Expansion


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