Shapeshifting | Transformations in Native American Art



Special thanks to Pat Pruitt

  • CSST V2.0, 2011. Stainless steel.

    Pat Pruitt (born 1973), Laguna Pueblo.

    Courtesy of Leslie M. Beebe and Bruce Nussbaum.
    © Pat Pruitt, image courtesy Pat Pruitt.

  • Pair statue of Ptahkhenuwy and his wife. Painted limestone.

    Eqyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5, 2465-2323 B.C.E.

    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, 06.1876.
    Copyright 2012 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

  • Hot Rod Fruit Bowl, 2009. Stainless steel.

    Pat Pruitt (born 1973), Laguna Pueblo.

    Collection of Margit Biedermann. © Pat Pruitt, image courtesy Pat Pruitt.

  • Additional images courtesy of Pat Pruitt


Special thanks to Jonathan Perry

  • Ball-headed war club, ca. 1675. Maple, whelk and quahog.

    Possibly Pokanoket Wampanoag artist.

    Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, Massachusetts, I.0095.002.
    Image courtesy Fruitlands Museum.

  • Beads and shells.

    © Stephen Lang Photography

  • “An Interview of Samoset with the Pilgrims” in Charles de Wolf Brownell’s The Indian Races of North and South America.

    Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1852.


Special thanks to Roxanne Swentzell

  • Emergence of the Clowns, 1988. Ceramic and paint.

    Roxanne Swentzell (born 1962), Santa Clara Pueblo.

    Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, IAC2344A-D. © Roxanne Swentzell, image courtesy Heard Museum.

  • Additional images courtesy of Roxanne Swentzell and Philip Karshis.


Special thanks to Kay WalkingStick

  • La Primavera, 2005. Oil and gold leaf on wood.

    Kay WalkingStick (born 1935), Cherokee.

    Courtesy of June Kelly Gallery. © Kay WalkingStick.

  • Primavera (Spring), ca. 1477, with Venus, Zephyr, Chloris, Flora, Mercury, Cupid, Three Graces.

    Botticelli, Filipepi Sandro (1445-1510)

    Photo credit: Alfredo Dagli Orti / The Art Archive at Art Resource, NY.