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Indigenous Art & Architecture

A guide meant to augment research into Indigenous artists and architects across the world, with a specific focus on the United States and Canada.


About This Guide

This guide provides information on Indigenous artists & architects and links to resources such as books, websites, and articles. We tried to create a balance between emerging practitioners and those who are well-known, while embracing a broad cross-section of media and processes.

The guide is organized primarily alphabetically by last name rather than by medium. We chose to do that since many of the artists and designers listed worked across art and design disciplines, and it seemed arbitrary to try to assign one main category to someone with multiple skills. We have indicated what their general practice is for each artist as well as what specific nation or community they come from, however, to help facilitate browsing. 

Additionally, we have included general resources for students, as well as tips on doing research on topics related to Indigenous communities.

Guide created and augmented by individuals at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as part of the #FromMargintoCenter initiative at the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art. Edited for use by Indiana University-Bloomington by graduate assistant, Loesje Krabbe. 

Land Acknowledgment

We would like to begin our guide by acknowledging and honoring the Indigenous communities native to this region, and recognizing that Indiana University Bloomington is built on Indigenous homelands and resources. We recognize the myaamiaki, Lënape, Bodwéwadmik, and saawanwa people as past, present, and future caretakers of this land.

We are dedicated to centering Indigenous voices & perspectives, improving community relationships, correcting the narrative, and making the IUB campus a more supportive and inclusive place for Native and Indigenous students, faculty & staff.  We encourage everyone to engage with contemporary communities, to learn the histories of this land, to look at who has and does not have access to its resources, and to examine your own place, abilities, and obligations within this process of reparative work that is necessary to promote a more equitable and socially just Indiana University Bloomington.

(From the First Nations Educational & Cultural Center)