In Past & Present: Native American Art, learn more about the continuing traditions of Native American art and artists as seen in historic and contemporary objects. Explore identity, family, and community through this collection of museum objects and the stories they tell.
Use this page to learn more about the art objects and find resources for teaching and learning.
The artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the intricate and unique designs that are significant to the owner as well as the parfleche’s function for holding important items.More
A pair of moccasins sparked a connection for Artist Melanie Yazzie to consider the role and importance of having empathy for others, or “walking a mile in someone’s moccasins.”More
Find inspiration for class artmaking related to the Weaver with Loom figure. Watch Melanie Yazzie discuss her inspiration, too.More
Parfleche boxes were an essential storage container for the nomadic American Indians of the Great Plains that followed the herds of bison that once occupied large sections of the United States.More
This lesson focuses on Roxanne Swentzell’s sculpture Mud Woman Rolls On to evoke thoughts about families and their stories. Students create their own picture story about family.More
Artist Melanie Yazzie was inspired by the celebration and unity that story telling provides.More
Background artwork courtesy and © Melanie Yazzie.
Art Lives Here / El Arte Vive Aquí is generously funded by the Dresner Foundation, The Cathedral Fund in honor of Rand Smith, and Wells Fargo, with additional support provided by an anonymous donor and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).