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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.

Tamarah Begay


Large silver building with floor to ceiling windows on one wall, overlooking a plaza with stone benches,

IDS+A. Navajo Technical University Class Building. Chinle, AZ. 

Douglas Cardinal

Blackfoot, Ojibwe, and Mohawk

Large rounded brick building, in front of an open field.

Douglas Cardinal, St. Mary’s Parish, 1968. Alberta, Canada

Image Credit: Courtesy of Douglas Cardinal Architect

Chris T. Cornelius


Cylindrical installation that becomes smaller closer to the top, in front of trees.

Chris T. Cornelius. Wiikiaami. 2016-17. Columbus, IN.

Nicholas Dalton


Angular house made of wood with a black roof. Back wall opens up to back porch.

TOA Architects. MAUNGĀRONGO. 2019. Otūmoetai, NZ. 

Tammy Eagle Bull

Ogala Lakota

Large government building made with red bricks

Gila River Indian Community Tribal Governance Center. Sacaton, Arizona.

Ryan Gorrie


Large, round, metal installation overlooking a lake with lights at the bottom.

Brook McIlroy. Spirit Garden. 2020. Thunder Bay, ON. 

Elisapeta Heta


Large grey/black building with an open wall. Group of students are lined up dancing.

Jasmax. Western Springs College Ngā Puna O Waiōrea Redevelopment. 2019. Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Johnpaul Jones

Choctaw and Cherokee

Rounded building with a circular plaza in the center.

Southern Ute Museum. Ignacio, Colorado. Jones & Jones Architects, Landscape Architects and Planners. 

Alfred Waugh

Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation

Installation or patio with curved roof and two statues at the front

Alfred Waugh. Capilano University Aboriginal Gathering Place Project. 2014. North Vancouver, BC. Formline Architecture.