TAG: American Indian

Nooner Tour (Tuesday—Friday)
Event: Tours

Nooner Tour (Tuesday—Friday)

Occurs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Next Occurs on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:00pm12:30pm.

Join a docent for a 30-minute, in-depth look at an aspect of the museum’s collections or something special happening in the galleries. More

Blanket/Rug with bright red, white, and blue patterns in various shapes
Art Exploration

Weaving with Various Materials

Young children make creative choices while practicing fine motor skills of weaving and threading using various materials, also exposing them to textures and creative elements.

Provide an 8x10 piece of felt that has slits one inch a part almost the entire width of the piece. Leave a one inch space around the entire felt piece as a border.

Provide various material choices to weave in and out of the slits.

Hopi Eagle Dancer, Dan Namingha, 1995
Creative Practice

Sorting Box

Support children in building connections through looking closely and sharing their thoughts on the relationships between art objects and everyday materials. 

This routine will encourage children to relate their personal knowledge of a concrete object with a more abstract image. Students will explore how artists make choices when creating as they investigate different colors, textures, and shapes.

Students learning about American Indian Art on a field trip at the Denver Art Museum
Field Trip

American Indian

Grades 1–6

Through the DAM’s diverse American Indian art collection, students explore the role of artists, and gain understanding of American Indian history and culture.

Still photo from video of Gerald Montour talking about why he dances
Blog: Behind the Scenes

Community Members Tell Why We Dance

Exhibition On View through August 14

With video, artworks, and dance regalia, the local Native community shares their take on dance and dance-related art. More

Dan Namingha, Hopi Eagle Dancer, 1995. Acrylic paint on canvas.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Conversation with Curator: Why We Dance

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 4:00pm4:45pm.

Tour the multisensory exhibition Why We Dance:American Indian Art in Motion with curator Nancy Blomberg. More

Dan Namingha, Hopi Eagle Dancer (detail), 1995, acrylic paint on canvas.
Event: Members

Why We Dance Member Preview

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 10:00am5:00pm.

Members see the exhibition first; plus, save 20% on all purchases at The Shops. More

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Jan Jacobs
Event: Artists & Studios

Insider Moment with Jan Jacobs

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 1:00pm1:30pm.

Join ribbonwork artist Jan Jacobs for an off-the-cuff chat about her ongoing work in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence studio. More

D.Y. Begay (Navajo), Intended Vermilion, 2015
Event: Lectures & Programs

D.Y. Begay: Process, Inspiration, and Colors

With artist D.Y. Begay
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

D.Y. Begay (Navajo) is a fourth generation weaver born and raised on a sheep farm on the Navajo Nation spanning the ''four corners'' where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet. She learned how to spin, dye, and weave by observing her mother, whose woven rugs contributed to the family income. She experiments with traditional and exotic plant dyes to attain subtle and brilliant shades of color.

“Everything in my weaving is natural. I use the same techniques passed from my ancestors to me to create designs that have artistic and traditional value.” More

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Jan Jacobs
Event: Artists & Studios

Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Jan Jacobs

Saturday, February 13, 2016Sunday, May 15, 2016.

The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence for the spring is Jan Jacobs, acclaimed ribbonwork artist of the Osage tribe. More

Shan Goshorn, Vessel, 2015.
Event: Lectures & Programs

Reweaving History

with artist Shan Goshorn
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 6:00pm7:00pm.

Art and politics have a long history together and combining the two often leads to powerful experiences for both the artist and viewer. Eastern Band Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn will speak about her woven-paper baskets and her career changing experience as a 2013 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow. More

Dan Namingha, Hopi Eagle Dancer, 1995. Acrylic paint on canvas.

Why We Dance

American Indian Art in Motion
May 29, 2016–Aug 14, 2016

This multisensory exhibition presents the motives behind Native American dance and highlights the museum’s annual Friendship Powwow and American Indian Cultural Celebration. It features about 86 works, including 78 drawn from the DAM’s American Indian art collection. More