Native American Art

  • Combined Earth Layers | #227

    Kaila writes “my animal spirits live within my memory landscape brought forth from my imagination”. Community Artist: Kaila Rose Farrell-Smith Tribe: Klamath, Modoc
  • Coyote | 279

    Like real coyotes, mythological coyotes are usually notable for their crafty intelligence, stealth, and voracious appetite. However, American Indian coyote characters vary widely from tribe to tribe. Community Artist: Kaila Farrell-Smith Tribe: Klamath-Modoc
  • Ancestors Are Calling | #254

    I believe our Ancestors are calling to be heard and for us to remember what happened so many years ago and to help our Grandmother Earth and All Our Relations to heal. It is time for us to abolish the divisions and the lines that keep us from making the Sacred Hoop whole again! Artist: Johnston Tribe: Warm Springs
  • The Raven is a mystical creature known by many tribes as a magician, as well as a story teller. “A great magician stole the sun, the moon, and the stars, from the earth. The people became sick without heat and light, and they were lonely for the stars and the guidance of the moon. Raven was sent to steal back the sun, moon and stars. He turned himself into a baby and tricked the magician into giving them to him, then promptly returned them to the people on earth”. Raven is revered as a strong animal spirit among many tribes, especially tribes within the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Canada. Community Artist: Pat Sky - Feather Star Woman Tribe: Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
  • Children are considered a sacred gift from the Creator. Young ones are always included in ceremonial practices. It is not unusual to see small Native children sleeping soundly during Pow Wows and Ceremonies, as the drumming and singing continue throughout the night. Artist: Victor Tribe: Unknown
  • Many tribal creation stories tell us that Earth was born on the back of turtle. Since turtle carries its home on its back, it has also been recognized as having the ability to ‘manage’ in difficult circumstances. Turtle symbolizes both new beginnings and endings. It is through the ending of something that allows space for something new to arise. Artist: Mary Stanton 1965 - 2011 Tribe: Grand Ronde
  • Raven is revered as a strong mystical, magical animal spirit among many tribes, especially tribes within the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Canada. Raven is known to be a guardian of ceremonial magic and is one of the most powerful totems or symbols of Native American culture. Raven is a trickster, a shape shifter… There are many Native American legends and stories shared about raven… like the one about Raven the trickster, who ends up stealing the sun, moon and stars from a great magician and returning them to the People… or a creation story about how Raven created man, woman and the world for us to live on. Artist: Guzman Tribe: Yaqui / Cherokee
  • In tribes, such as the Blackfoot and Apache, Fox is associated with fire and the sun, and according to some myths, it was Fox who stole fire to bring to the people. Artist: Tad Pole Tribe: Unknown
  • For many Native Americans, the dragonfly represents our Ancestors. It is a very important symbol of transformation and changing of worlds. Even when our loved ones aregone, they are always with us… Artist: Antionette Tribe: Unknown