Welcome

Welcome to PEM's on-line collection gateway. Select a Theme to view a selection of Native American artwork centered around an idea or enjoy a Tour led by museum curator, Karen Kramer. Choose Search to access a searchable database of thousands more Native American works and additional selections from across the museum's expansive collection.

PEM's Native American collection is one of the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. Started with the museum's founding in 1799, the collection contains nearly 15,000 artworks and 50,000 archaeological items. On this site, you will experience selected historic and contemporary artworks from the United States and Canada that range from a 19th-century cup for drinking saltwater to a contemporary painting of the trickster coyote. Through this curated experience, you will transcend boundaries of time, geography, and materials to attain a deeper understanding of Native American Art.