Contemporary Native
American Art
Themes
• Many contemporary
Native American artists
continue to keep the
traditional styles of their
ancestors alive.
• Oth...
Mike Dart
• Cherokee Nation
• Basket Weaving
• Uses contemporary
materials as opposed to
traditional.
• Works, along with ...
Mike Dart

War Cry, 2008
Mike Dart

Large Gathering Basket, 2008
Maria Martinez
• Created internationally
known pottery
• Worked in traditional
method of the pueblo
indians.
• Original pu...
Maria Martinez
Wedding Vase,
Ca. 1929
Maria Martinez
• Notice how crisp and
straight the line work is
in the design.
Juane Quick-To-See
Smith
• Raised on the Flathead
reservation.
• Contemporary Native American
artist not working in tradit...
Juane Quick-To-See
Smith

Trade (Gifts for Trading Land with White People), 1992
Juane Quick-To-See
Smith
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BtEJqvhos
w&edufilter=R77X1Y45qK10Rul3kxVhMw
Shan Goshorn
• Member of Eastern Band of
Cherokee Indians.
• Creates artwork to
addressing contemporary
issues concerning ...
Shan Goshorn
• For example, Goshorn wove
“Pieced Treaty,” a basket in the
traditional Cherokee “spider’s
web” pattern, fro...
Shan Goshorn
• Photograph of the Great
Smoky Mountains
combined with historical
map of Cherokee territory.
Traditionally, ...
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  1. 1. Contemporary Native American Art
  2. 2. Themes • Many contemporary Native American artists continue to keep the traditional styles of their ancestors alive. • Other artists call to attention the way Native Americans are viewed in contemporary society. Wayne Eagleboy, We-the people, acryl and barbed wire on buffalo skin, 1971
  3. 3. Mike Dart • Cherokee Nation • Basket Weaving • Uses contemporary materials as opposed to traditional. • Works, along with his teacher, to bring back traditional art making techniques to the Cherokee community.
  4. 4. Mike Dart War Cry, 2008
  5. 5. Mike Dart Large Gathering Basket, 2008
  6. 6. Maria Martinez • Created internationally known pottery • Worked in traditional method of the pueblo indians. • Original pueblo pottery was created during the neolithic period
  7. 7. Maria Martinez Wedding Vase, Ca. 1929
  8. 8. Maria Martinez • Notice how crisp and straight the line work is in the design.
  9. 9. Juane Quick-To-See Smith • Raised on the Flathead reservation. • Contemporary Native American artist not working in traditional styles. • Creating work which calls attention to contemporary struggles with Native Americans. • Classically trained artist, not trained through traditional Native American practices. B. 1940 • Works in a wide variety of media
  10. 10. Juane Quick-To-See Smith Trade (Gifts for Trading Land with White People), 1992
  11. 11. Juane Quick-To-See Smith • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BtEJqvhos w&edufilter=R77X1Y45qK10Rul3kxVhMw
  12. 12. Shan Goshorn • Member of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. • Creates artwork to addressing contemporary issues concerning human rights and Native American stereotypes. • Also creates work bringing to point the injustices Natives have served caused by the government.
  13. 13. Shan Goshorn • For example, Goshorn wove “Pieced Treaty,” a basket in the traditional Cherokee “spider’s web” pattern, from paper printed with tobacco agreements between the state of Oklahoma and the Cherokee Nation. • “‘Pieced Treaty” refers to the continual breaking of agreements,” Goshorn said. “I deliberately left the basket unfinished because the negotiations appear to be ongoing.” Pieced Treaty
  14. 14. Shan Goshorn • Photograph of the Great Smoky Mountains combined with historical map of Cherokee territory. Traditionally, we used natural landmarks to establish boundaries. Settlers brought a new way of regarding land and marking ownership. Traditional pattern is known as both mountain and river design. Our Lands Are Not Lines On Paper, 2012

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