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Native American Heritage Month: The Totem Tradition

Monday, November 20, 2023 | Karl Cole

Of all the material culture produced by First Nations peoples of the Pacific Northwest, the totem is likely the most easily recognizable. Totems are monuments created to represent and commem ...

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Native American Heritage Month: Linda Haukaas

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | Karl Cole

In Plains cultures, art forms associated with women (such as quilling and beadwork) and those associated with men (including ledger art) were, like gender roles, complementary. The art forms of both m ...

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Native American Heritage: The Anasazi

Monday, November 6, 2023 | Karl Cole

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, let’s take a look at one of the many cultures that occupied regions of the United States before European settlement: the Anasazi. Scholars now b ...

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Native American Heritage Month: Zia Pueblo

Monday, November 28, 2022 | Karl Cole

Today I present a work that reflects the abundance of rich indigenous cultures that populated the U.S. long before European settlement. The Anasazi of the western and southwestern U.S. were an amazing ...

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Native American Heritage Month: The Powhatan Confederacy

Monday, November 7, 2022 | Karl Cole

Indigenous peoples lived in every region of present-day United States when the first Europeans arrived in the 1500s. The Spanish came via Mexico during expeditions in 1539 to 1543, 1540 to 1542, and 1 ...

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Women's History Month 2022: Maria Martinez

Monday, March 7, 2022 | Karl Cole

I’m going to feature examples of outstanding women artists who played key roles in art history for Women’s History Month. Ceramic artist Maria Martinez was truly at the forefront of Pueblo ...

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Native American Heritage Month: Ledger Art

Monday, November 22, 2021 | Karl Cole

Little is known of the Arapaho artists who created the drawings in the Henderson Ledger, referred to as Henderson Ledger Artists. The ledger was owned by Frank Henderson, and many of the drawings ...

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Native American Heritage Month: Marcus Amerman

Monday, November 15, 2021 | Karl Cole

The Choctaw band is descended from the Mississippian culture (Mound Builders), which had villages throughout the region of the Mississippi River across the Deep South. They are thought to have be ...

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Native American Heritage Month: Casas Grandes

Monday, November 8, 2021 | Karl Cole

Archeologists now believe that the earliest human settlements in the Americas occurred somewhere between 28,000 and 17,000 BCE, after migration across the Bering Strait land bridge, which disappeared ...

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Native American Heritage Month: Fritz Scholder

Monday, November 1, 2021 | Karl Cole

Artist Fritz Scholder was in the forefront of First Nations modernism starting in the mid- to late 1900s. The groundwork for the recognition of modern Native American art was laid by the Institute of ...

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