Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists


Women have long been the creative force behind Native art. This richly illustrated landmark book explores the artistic achievements of Native / First Nations women and establishes their rightful place in the art world.

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists includes works of art from antiquity to the present, made in a variety of media from textiles and beadwork to video and digital arts. It showcases artists from more than seventy-five Indigenous tribes to reveal the ingenuity and innovation that have always been foundational to the art of Native women.

The catalog accompanies the first major exhibition of artwork by Native women, presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and scholars, honoring the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. Their triumphs—from pottery, textiles, and painting, to photographic portraits, to a gleaming El Camino—show astonishing innovation and technical mastery.

Beautifully illustrated and enriched by the personal reflections, historical research, and artistic insights, Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists pays tribute to the vital role and creative force of Native women artists, now and throughout time.

By Jill Ahlberg Yohe, associate curator of Native American art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Teri Greeves (Kiowa), an independent curator.

Designed by Sara Fowler

Published by the Minneapolis Institute of Art with the University of Washington Press, 2019

Hardcover, 300 pages, full color, 9.3 × 12.2 inches

ISBN: 978-0-29-574579-4

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