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Artstor Across Disciplines

A guide to the many disciplines supported by the Artstor Digital Library.

Native American and Indigenous Studies in Artstor

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.

Image credit: Navajo. Wearing Blanket. 1865-75. The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1910; 10.107.3.

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Curated Image Groups

​Artstor's Education and Content teams curate groups of images in a number of disciplines. The below image groups are available for Native American studies:

You can save these groups as your own and modify them by opening a group, logging in to your registered Artstor account, selecting "Organize" from the top menu, and then "Save image group as..." To add or remove images, open your copy of the group and begin editing.

Search Tips

To find examples of Native American musical instruments, pottery, and other utilitarian objects browse museums with encyclopedic collections (e.g. The Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Cleveland Museum of Art) and select the category for Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects.

Search within the collection of George Eastman House to view historical photographs of Native Americans.

Browse the collections of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia to view a wide array of Native American and indigenous artifacts.

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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.