Over millennia, Native Americans have navigated many difficult social and political conflicts. These histories are revealed in their artwork relating to autonomy, access to land, language, and religion.

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Tsitsistas (Cheyenne) artist

Shield cover, 19th century

  • Leather, feather, paint
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Possibly Nimi'ipuu (Nez Perce) artist

Shirt, about 1840

  • Antelope or mountain goat hide, porcupine quill, glass, wool
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Diego Romero (Cochiti pueblo, birth 1964)

Iwo Jima Pot (from "Never Forget" series), 2001

  • Ceramic, paint
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David Bradley (White Earth Ojibwe, birth 1954)

Ishi: The Last Wild Indian, 04/26/2001

  • Mixed media on board
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Possibly Dakota (Eastern Sioux) or Mesquakie (Fox) artist

Necklace, before 1826

  • Leather, bear claw
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