Native American Arts & Culture



Native American Literature

  • Circle of Stories
    Explores Native American storytelling and storytellers through documentary film, photography, art, and music.
  • Storytellers: Native American Authors Online
    This "Native Wiki" site contains information on Native American poets and novelists, including contemporary Abenaki, Anishinaabe, Blackfeet, Cherokee, Choctaw, Iroquois, Lakota / Dakota, Muscogee / Creek, Navajo, Osage, and Pueblo writers.
  • Native American Authors
    From the Internet Public Library. Information on contemporary Native American authors with bibliographies of their published works, biographical information, and links to online resources including interviews, online texts, and tribal websites.
  • Sherman Alexie
    The National Book Award winner's official website, which includes his biography, essays, and articles.
  • Writing Tricksters: Mythic Gambols in American Ethnic Literature (e-book)
    Jeanne Rosier Smith celebrates the Native American trickster and traces its influences in American ethnic literatures. Her thesis is that the trickster figure is a unique American phenomenon that "combines tradition and change and makes an ideal agent for a politically engaged, visionary art" found in multicultural literatures.


History

  • Indians/Native Americans
    Links to American history resources relating to Native Americans; from the National Archives Library Information Center (ALIC).
  • Chaco Canyon
    About Chacoan/Anasazi culture, the great kivas, and the inspiration behind the poem "Kiva at Chaco Canyon." For more photos and info also check out the Chaco Culture National Historical Park page.
  • The Hexagon, the Solstice and the Kiva
    Chris Hardaker discusses studies on the geometric design types found in the Chaco Canyon kivas and asserts there exists a remarkable coincidence between design and astronomy.
  • Code Talkers
    Page by Harrison Lapahie Jr., son of Harrison Lapahie, a World War II Navajo Code Talker. Features the original code, the Navajo Marine Hymn, and links to other Code Talker sites.
  • First People
    An educational site on the first people of Turtle Island, or the Americas and Canada. Thank you to First People for their generous offering of beautiful Native American images and clip art, which are included on this website.

News & Current Events

  • Indian Country Today
    A nation-wide American Indian news service owned and operated by the Oneida Nation. With coverage of current events, analysis, and commentary on American Indian issues.
  • Reznet: Reporting from Native America
    Reznet, an online newspaper for Native America employs 30 Native American college students nationwide, most graduates of the Freedom Forum's American Indian Journalism Institute, as reporters, editors, photographers, copy editors, and multimedia journalists to cover their tribal communities or colleges. Articles, multimedia, blogs, arts, film, music, culture, and current issues affecting the Native American community.
  • NativeWeb
    Resources for Indigenous Cultures around the World


Art

  • American Historical Images On File The Native American Experience
    Contributed by Troy Johnson of California State University, Long Beach. A comprehensive collection of images of Native American people from the prehistoric period and the Paleo-Indians to 1990. The collection includes historical information and images that describe the life and culture of various tribes. 
  • The Edward S. Curtis Collection: Photographs of Native Americans
    The early 20th-century photographer embarked on "The North American Indian Project," a thirty-year effort he described as a goal "to form a comprehensive and permanent record of all the important tribes of the United States and Alaska that still retain to a considerable degree their customs and traditions." From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Reading Room.
  • Kiowa Drawings - National Anthropological Archives
    Digital collection includes works of art on buffalo hide and contemporary works on paper. Historically important are those by Kiowa men who were imprisoned at Fort Marion in the 1870s and those by "The Kiowa Five," a group of artists who studied at the University of Oklahoma in the twentieth century.
  • Cheryl Yellowhawk
    The Sioux artist now lives in Florida, but was a longtime resident of New Mexico. She was influenced by the physical geography and the spiritual visibility of the Native American peoples in New Mexico, and her use of bright vivid color and imagery depicts her excitement of line and form in capturing the spirituality of women and landscape. She works in oils, pastels, and a variety of other media.


Native American Languages

  • TurtleIsland.Org's Native American Languages Page
    Translate English into the following languages: Mohawk, Ojibwe, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Inuit, Naskapi. Online Cree Dictionary; Using Technology for the Mohawk Language; Lipian Apache Songs. Listen to greetings in Oneida, Cayuga, Cherokee, and many other native languages, including Aboriginal Languages of Australia.

Culture, Myth, & Folklore

  • Native American Spirituality
    Religious Tolerance.org's page on Native American spirituality, including the Restorationist movement's view of Native American origins; development of Aboriginal cultures; adsorption of Native beliefs; and beliefs of Native American tribes, from the Arctic to the Southwest.

Links updated on September 22, 2013
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