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Collection of Contemporary Native American Art

Detail of artwork from Represent

The Contemporary Native American Art Collection honors a living legacy of master craftsmanship and vibrant innovation in the artistic expressions of New York State's First Nations. Building on an initiative begun in 1986 and now numbering more than 130 objects, the collection offers insight into the endurance and evolution of tradition in tribal communities and a profound determination to survive and express as sovereign nations. Included in the collection are examples of beadwork, basketry, sculpture, silverwork, clothing, carving, painting, and pottery. The collection reflects the broad range of artwork from Native artists from functional to unique and decorative, and from traditional to modern in style and technique.

These objects speak of Native experience in the first person, forging a respectful partnership between the State Museum and those whose spiritual, economic, and material presence long predates the founding of New York State. 

List of Artists in the Contemporary Native Art Collection

Artist Nation/Clan Medium
Angus, Wilma Haudenosaunee, Mohawk (Kanien'keha) Basketry
Antone, Kaluyahawi Jocelyn Haudenosaunee, Oneida, Turtle Clan; Cree Illustration, mixed media
Arquette, Henry (Atsienhanonne) Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Akwesasne Basketry
Arquette, Joseph Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Wolf Clan Basketry
Beebe, Bruce Haudenosaunee, Cayuga Mixed metals
Benedict, Florence  Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Benedict, James V Haudenosaunee, Mohawk-Onondaga, Turtle Clan Beadwork, leather,
Benedict, Luz Haudensaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Benedict, Rebecca Haudensaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Benedict, Salli Haudensaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Benson, Noel Chrisjohn Haudenosaunee, Oneida Sculpture, mixed media
Bigtree, Mae Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Boots, Bruce Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Painting
Ceaser, Tecumseh Algonquian, Matinecock First Nation of Queens and Long Island, Turkey Clan Jewelry
Chavez, Lydia A. Wallace- Algonquin, Unkechaug Wampum Belt Reproduction, Jewelry
Chrisjohn, Richard Haudenosaunee, Oneida Woodwork
Cook, Florence Anne Lazore  (Wahianoron) Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Akwesasne Basketry  
Cook, Julius M. (Sakaronhio'keweh Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Silverwork/ jewelry
Cooke, Toni Haudenosaunee, Oneida Wampum Belt Reproduction
D'Alimonte, Robert Haudenosaunee, Tuscarora Mixed media
Dark Mountain, Dawn Haudenosaunee, Oneida Wisconsin, Turtle Clan Watercolor painting and beadwork
David, Dinah Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Wolf Clan Beadwork, Jewelry
David, Lorena Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Beadwork
David, Madeline Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Dennis, Jeremy Algonquian, Shinnecock; Hassanamisco-Nipmuc Photography
Dione, Glen Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Jewelry
Dowdy, Kyle L Hausenosaunee, Seneca Traditional clothing
Fadden, David Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Painting
Fauzy, Mary Lou (Printup) Haudenosaunee, Tuscarora Beadwork
Goeman, Ronni-Leigh Haudenosaunee, Onondaga Basketry
Goeman, Stonehorse Lone Haudenosaunee, Tonawanda-Seneca Sculpture/Bone and antler carving
Gonyea, Tony Haudenosaunee, Onondaga Wampum Belt Reproduction
Gray, Barbara Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Greene, David A. (Odahijo) Haudenosaunee, Cayuga, Wolf Clan Sculpture
Havens, Jay Haudenosanee, Mohawk Sculpture
Haynes, Hayden Haudenosaunee, Seneca Sculpture, Antler carving
Herne, Sue Ellen Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Sculpture/Mixed media
Hill, Brenda Haudenosaunee, Tuscarora Pottery
Hill, Carrie Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Hill, Daniel C Haudenosaunee, Cayuga Silverwork
Hill, Lorna Thomas Haudenosaunee, Cayuga Beadwork
Hill, Rain Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Hill, Rosemary Louise Haudenosaunee, Tuscarora, Beaver Clan Beadwork
Hill, Stanley R Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Turtle Clan Sculpture, Antler carving
Hoffman, Karen Ann Haudenosaunee, Oneida Wisconsin Beadwork
Huff, Tom Haudenosaunee, Cayuga and Seneca Sculpture, Stone carving
Jacobs, Jamie Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Bear Clan Quillwork
Jacobs, Larry "Many Hats" Algonquin, Stockbridge-Munsee Instrument
Jacobs, Margaret Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Turtle Clan Sculpture, Metals
Jacobs, Mary Haudenosaunee, Seneca Beadwork
Jacobs, Samantha Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Turtle Clan Beadwork, Tufting
Jacques, Alfred Haudenosaunee, Onondaga Woodwork
Jemison, G. Peter Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Heron Clan Painting
Jimerson, Norman L Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Beaver Clan Sculpture, Stone carving
Johnson, Cecily Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Wolf Clan Jewelry, Beadwork
Johnson, Sue Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Wolf Clan Jewelry
Jonathan, Grant Wade Haudenosaunee, Tuscarora Beadwork
Jones, Peter B Haudenosaunee, Onondaga, Beaver Clan Pottery, sculpture
Jones, Roberta Huff Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Bear Clan Jewelry
Lazore, Kevin Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Lazore, Michaelee Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Turtle Clan Beadwork
Lazore, Robin Haudenosaunee, Mohawk (Akwesasne) Basketry
Leonard, Courtney Shinnecock Sculpture/Ceramics
Lone, Faye Haudenosaunee, Tonawanda Seneca, Hawk Clan Textile
Loran, Bill (Katsirotae) Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Wolf Clan Traditional clothing
Martine, David Algonquian, Shinnecock, Montauk, Chiricahua Ft. Sill Apache Painting
McDonald, Irene Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Turtle Clan Basketry
McLeod (Tome), Kristina M Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Deer Clan Jewelry
Miller, Towanna Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Painting
Minner, Penny Haudenosaunee, Seneca Basketry
Mitchell, Ann Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Niro, Shelley Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Turtle Clan Photography
Parish, Roger Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Painting, monoprint
Perkins, Niio Haudenosaunee, Mohawk (Akwesasne) Beadwork, Traditional clothing
Perkins, Roger Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Bear Clan (Akwesasne) Pottery, Digital Compositions
Prescott, Todd S Haudenosaunee, Tuscarora, Beaver Clan Traditional clothing
Printup, Bryan Haudenosaunee, Tuscarora Beaver clan Beadwork
Printup Jr., Erwin Haudenosaunee, Cayuga-Tuscarora, Bear Clan Painting
Printup, Murisa Haudenosaunee, Tuscarora Mixed media, beadwork
Printup, Thomas Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Hawk Clan Beadwork
Printup-Winden, Dorothy Haudenosaunee, Tuscarora, Deer Clan Beadwork
Ransom, Sheila Kanieson Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Basketry
Redeye, Luanne Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Hawk Clan Painting
Santiago, Natasha Smoke Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Turtle Clan Sculpture, Pottery
Schenandoah, Diane Haudenosaunee, Oneida Sculpture
Schmidt, Alyssa Haudenosaunee, Seneca Beadwork, Jewelry 
Scott, Antoinette Haudenosaunee, Seneca Cornhusk doll
Seaman, Camille Algonquian, Shinnecock Photography
Shenandoah, Leah Haudenosaunee, Onyo’ta:aká: (Oneida), Wolf Clan Mixed media
Skidders, Marjorie J. Haudenosaunee, Mohawk (Akwesasne) Photography
Skye, Isabella Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Cornhusk doll
Skye, Raymond R. Haudenosaunee, Tuscarora, Turtle Clan Printmaking, Drawing
Skye, Rhea Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Turtle Clan Corn Husk Dolls
Smoke, Gladys Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Bear Clan Traditional clothing
Snow, N. Tessie Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Heron Clan Corn Husk Dolls
Swamp, Andy Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Wolf Clan Instrument
Tarbell-Boehning, Tammy Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Turtle Clan Sculpture, Pottery, Beadwork
Tarrant, Tohanash Shinnecock; Hopi; Ho-Chunk Beadwork
Thomas, Benjamin Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, Wolf Clan Sculpture
Thomas, Eli Haudenosaunee, Onondaga Painting
Thomas, Gregg Haudenosaunee, Onondaga Drawing
Thomas, Samuel Haudenosaunee, Caygua, Wolf Clan Beadwork
Tremblay, Gail Haudenosaunee, Onondaga; Micmac Basketry
Vandewalker, Brooke Haudenosaunee, Onondaga Basketry
Waterman, Carson Haudenosaunee, Seneca Painting, printmaking
Watt, James Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Heron Clan Jewelry
White Pigeon, Denise Haudenosaunee, Seneca, Beaver Clan Corn Husk Dolls
Williams Jr., Kenneth D. Haudenosaunee, Cattaraugus Seneca; Arapaho Beadwork
Zumpano, Wilma M. Haudenosaunee, Mohawk Beadwork

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The New York State Museum is committed to the development of new modes of collaboration, engagement, and partnership with Indigenous peoples for the care and stewardship of past and future heritage collections. See Local Contexts for more information.