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Headdress, before 1853 (detail)

Historical and contemporary Native American art at PEM speaks to the connections within hundreds of Native communities and extends the conversation to those of us beyond the cultural bonds. An early 19th-century female facemask celebrates a Kaigani Haida artist's ancestors with finely rendered facial features and a jutting lower lip. The carving, created for non-Native audiences, invites discussions about tribal customs, social status and cultural concepts of beauty. Large-scale, bold paintings by Judith Lowry draw on the Native community's rich history of storytelling. Her inspiration comes from her family, fellow Maidu artists Frank Day and the late Harry Fonseca, and Italian Renaissance artists. Works from the 17th century to the present demonstrate the adaptive and creative nature of Native cultures and Native American artistic expression through time. Ceramics, textiles, sculpture, clothing, jewelry, masks, musical instruments, paintings and works on paper reveal connections to Western art movements. 

 

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Marine Phoenix, 1999

Marine Phoenix, 1999

Judith Lowry
Mountain Maidu/Hamowi Pit River/Washo
Acrylic on canvas
68 x 94 in.

Gift of the artist

Basketry Cap, before 1840

Basketry Cap, before 1840

Artist not identified
Tlingit
Spruce root, grass, cedar splints, paint
Accession Number: E19075
Headdress, before 1839

Headdress, before 1839

Possibly Kayapo artist
Amazonian Brazil
Cordage, feathers

Gift of H.P. Upton

Accession Number: E6987
Hat, ca. 1820s

Hat, ca. 1820s

Aleut (Unangan) artist
Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Wood, beads, plant fiber, leather, sinew/skin, metal, shell, ivory

Gift of Captain Thomas Meek via Captain William Osgood

Accession Number: E3486
Crooked Knife, mid-19th century

Crooked Knife, mid-19th century

Probably Penobscot artist
Maine
Wood, steel, leather, paint

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E45137
Pipe Tomahawk, ca. 1770s

Pipe Tomahawk, ca. 1770s

Cherokee (Tsalagi) artist
Probably Tennessee
Wood, steel, lead

Ex A.B.C.F.M. Collection

Accession Number: E25412
Leggings, ca. 1820

Leggings, ca. 1820

Dakota (Eastern Sioux) artist
Eastern Great Plains
Leather, dyed quills, stroud cloth, metal

Gift of Captain David Bates Douglass, U.S. Army

Accession Number: E983B
Puffin Beaks Rattle, 19th century

Puffin Beaks Rattle, 19th century

Haida artist not identified
Northwestern United States
Puffin beaks, wood, sinew
Accession Number: E3490


Chilkat Blanket, before 1832

Chilkat Blanket, before 1832

Tlingit artist
Mountain goat wool, yellow cedar bark
W: 63.75 in

Gift of Captain Robert Bennett Forbes, 1832

Accession Number: E3648
Headdress, before 1853

Headdress, before 1853

Possibly Kayapo artist
SA, Brazil
Fiber, feathers
H: 19 1/4 in

Gift of M.W. Shepard

Accession Number: E6988
Baby Carrier, ca. 1835

Baby Carrier, ca. 1835

Chippewa-Ojibwa (Anishinabe) or Ottawa (Odawa) artist
Wood, cloth, quills, beads, leather, and shells
H: 31 1/8 in

Ex A.B.C.F.M. Collection

Accession Number: E25409
Eagle Salmon Blanket, 2000

Eagle Salmon Blanket, 2000

Don Yeomans, M├ętis/Haida (b. 1957) and Trace Yeomans
Wool, Ultrasuede, mother-of-pearl and abalone buttons
L: 60.5 in, W: 51.5 in
Accession Number: E301710
Story Mask: "Gunarhasimget Races to Rescue His Wife," 1999

Story Mask: "Gunarhasimget Races to Rescue His Wife," 1999

Stan Greene (Coast Salish)
Cedar, cedar shavings, whale bone, slate
H: 23 in, W: 19 in, D: 21 in

Museum purchase through the Mr. and Mrs. James Krebs Fund, 2000

Accession Number: E301712
Dream of Ancient Life, 1995

Dream of Ancient Life, 1995

Dan V. Lomahaftewa, Hopi/Choctaw Artist
Acrylic on canvas
Early Untitled #1, 1982

Early Untitled #1, 1982

Emmi Whitehorse (Dene)
Accession Number: E300524
Self-Portrait as a Pojoque Buffalo Dancer, 1999

Self-Portrait as a Pojoque Buffalo Dancer, 1999

Mateo Romero, Cochiti/Pojoaque Pueblo artist
Ishi, 2001

Ishi, 2001

David Bradley (Ojibwa)
Accession Number: E301825
Buffalo Robe, ca. 1850-1875

Buffalo Robe, ca. 1850-1875

Artist not identified
Northern Plains region
Buffalo hide, paint
L. 94 1/2 in. (240 cm)

Gift of Stephen Wheatland, Augustus P. Loring, Thomas Barbour, and Lawrence Jenkins, 1945

Accession Number: E24991
Honoring Drum

Honoring Drum

John Stands in Timber, Tsistsistas (Cheyenne) Artist
Accession Number: E26066
Raven Rattle

Raven Rattle

Northwest Coast Artist
Northwest coast
Wood, paint

Museum Purchase, 1932

Accession Number: E21054
Portrait Mask, 19th century

Portrait Mask, 19th century

Northwest Coast Artist
Northwest coast
Wood, paint

Gift of Edward S. Moseley, 1979

Accession Number: E28573
Tray, ca. 1840

Tray, ca. 1840

Huron Artist
Birch bark, dyed moose hair, and sweetgrass

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Carey, 1990

Accession Number: E77743
Pipe

Pipe

Northwest Coast Artist
Northwest coast
Accession Number: E11873
Beaded Basket, 19th century

Beaded Basket, 19th century

Pomo Artist
Fiber, glass beads

Donated before 1960

Accession Number: E37931
Djilakons Doll, Early 19th century

Djilakons Doll, Early 19th century

Haida Artist
Accession Number: E53452
Bark box, 1831

Bark box, 1831

Ojibwa Artist
Accession Number: E53440
Sea Monster, 1888

Sea Monster, 1888

Tom Price, Haida Artist
Northwest
Argillite and ivory

Museum Purchase, 1954

Accession Number: E31728
Shirt Strip in Purple and Yellow, early 20th century

Shirt Strip in Purple and Yellow, early 20th century

Plains Artist
Leather and dyed quills

Monks Collection, 1944

Accession Number: E24448
Souvenir of Alaska, late 19th century

Souvenir of Alaska, late 19th century

Inuit Artist
Ivory

Gift of Charles G. Weld, 1908

Accession Number: E10529
Beaded Bag

Beaded Bag

Muscogee Artist
Accession Number: E7437
Pair of Spoons, 19th century

Pair of Spoons, 19th century

Plains Artist
Horn and leather

Gift of the Fenstemakers Collection, 1949

Accession Number: E28305
"Indian Country Today," 1996-97

"Indian Country Today," 1996-97

David P. Bradley
United States
Acrylic on canvas

  (White Earth Oijbwe and Mdewakaton Dakota)

Necklace, before 1826

Necklace, before 1826

Possible Dakota (Eastern Sioux) or Fox artist
Wisconsin
Leather, bear claws

Gift of John Marsh

Accession Number: E3678
Vessel, 1200-1400

Vessel, 1200-1400

Chimu artist
Peru
Ceramic

Gift of H. Nichols

Accession Number: E6809
Spruce-Root Hat, before ca. 1829

Spruce-Root Hat, before ca. 1829

Tlingit artist
Southeastern Alaska
Spruce root, paint, buckskin

Donor unknown

Accession Number: E3646
Quiver and Bowcase, 1850-1875

Quiver and Bowcase, 1850-1875

Crow (Absoraka) artist
Southern Montana-Northern Wyoming
Cloth, glass beads, otter fur

Museum Purchase

Accession Number: E1918
Shirt, ca. 1830

Shirt, ca. 1830

Aleut (Unangan) artist
Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Sea-lion intestine, sea-lion esophagus, worsted

Ex Essex Institute Collection

Accession Number: E2665
Military-style Jacket, late 19th century

Military-style Jacket, late 19th century

Plains artist
Great Plains
Leather, glass beads, brass

Gift of Mrs. Amy Gilette Bassett

Accession Number: E21299
Bow, before 1821 (detail)

Bow, before 1821 (detail)

Probably Nootka (Nuu-chau-nulth) artist
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Wood, cordage

Donor unknown

Accession Number: E3215
Beothuck Mound # 6, 1996

Beothuck Mound # 6, 1996

Rick Rivet, Metis (b. 1949)
Aklavik, Nother West Territories, Canada
Acrylic on canvas

Museum Purchase, 2000

Accession Number: E300513
Canoe Model, ca. 1823-25

Canoe Model, ca. 1823-25

Chippewa-Ojibwa (Anishinabe) artist
Lake Superior
Birch bark, wood, paint

Gift of Major Enos Cutler, U.S. Army

Accession Number: E3759
Basket, before 1832

Basket, before 1832

Possibly Twana (Coast Salish) artist
Puget Sound
Plant fiber

Gift of Captain Robert Bennett Forbes

Accession Number: E3624