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Fine Arts: Indigenous Art

The LibGuide will help you locate resources for visual and Indigenous art.

Suggestions for Searching!

Before you start, think about what you want to search.

  • Indigenous art might also be listed as Native Art, First Nations Art, Aboriginal Art, or Indian Art. These words are not always cross-referenced.
  • Try searching for specific terms if you have them - for example:
    • Cree Art
    • Norval Morrisseau
    • winter count Lakota
    • Haida carving


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Have a look....

The Indian Group of Seven is getting its own art display at Portage College in Lac La Biche, Alberta. The permanent exhibit opens on April 13, 2018.


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Heather Coulter
Gov Docs Office
Second Floor - North Stacks

What's in the Library!

Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology  [Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution/ Main Reference (E51. U55 50+ volumes).] They are available online, but if you are here, I suggest looking at them in person. Each volume begins with the annual report (usually quite short), and then it moves to “Accompanying Papers”, which includes artwork. These papers are generally more than 100 pages each and cover a wide range of topics for North, Central, and South America - including shell art, Navajo weavers, prehistoric textile fabrics, pictographs, ancient Pueblo pottery, form and ornament in ceramic art, ancient art of Colombia, sand painting, picture-writing, Omaha furniture, and katcinas.

Handbook of North American Indians (Main Reference E77. H25/ multiple volumes) Includes volumes for the Northwest Coast, Plains, Contemporary Society - and any of these might provide the information you want. Each has its own index - so, for example, in Volume 7 (Northwest Coast), check the Index for art - you find entries for abstract design, human motif, painting, postcontact adaptations, and so on.