Indigenous art

Indigenous art communities emerged from the pandemic more resilient

Native American artists in the United States and First Nations artists in Canada found new ways to show their work and protect elders during the worst of Covid-19

Museums and heritage in 2022: industrial unrest, climate protests and damage to historic artefacts in Ukraine

New and refurbished museums open in Antwerp, Los Angeles and Sydney as Italian archaeologists make the "discovery of a generation" in a hilltop town in Tuscany

Ancient Indigenous ‘Stonehenge’ of Ohio to be nominated for Unesco status after ousting of golf club

The Octagon Earthworks are being teed up for nomination for Unesco World Heritage status

Venezuelan artists make a comeback in Miami

Art from the beleaguered country is on show at the Pinta fair, from Modern abstraction to textile works by Indigenous people

National Museum of Scotland to repatriate looted totem pole

The museum will transfer the totem pole to the Nisga’a Nation of British Columbia

Canada's National Gallery abruptly lays off four senior staff, including chief curator and Indigenous art curator

In an internal memo to staff, the museum's interim director wrote that the sudden changes were made "to better align the gallery’s leadership team with the organisation’s new strategic plan"

Two men sentenced to prison time for vandalising Nevada petroglyphs

The White River Narrows, located around two hours north of Las Vegas, is known for its various petroglyph galleries that date back around 4,000 years

For a renowned Aboriginal artist, a posthumous star turn in Paris at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, who died in 2015 and whose work has been embroiled in the scandal surrounding the dealer who “discovered” it, has her first major museum show outside Australia

Archaeologists discover mural of Aztec god of alcohol in Mexican convent

Archaeologists believe the pre-Columbian wall drawing of a god wearing a feathered headdress likely depicts Tepoztēcatl, the god of pulque

Bard College, in partnership with Indigenous art organisation Forge Project, will use $50m gift to overhaul Native American studies programme

The school’s American Studies programme will become the American and Indigenous Studies programme, and Forge Project’s executive director will become a fellow at Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies

How the Alaskan capital of Juneau is becoming a hub for Native art

In the state’s capital, a new arts campus signals the growing ambitions of a rich but long-overlooked creative community

Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona's new show combines her love of Inuit culture and the impending threat of climate change

Ashoona, who received a special mention for her work in this year's Venice Biennale, continues to draw attention to a previously underrepresented culture

Indigenous artists take the spotlight at The Armory Show

Buffalo-based K Art Gallery, owned and operated by a member of the Seneca Nation, is showing an intergenerational group of Indigenous artists at the fair

Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo museums offer new approaches to showcasing Indigenous culture in Brazil

A long-closed historic institution and a new museum have contracted committees of Indigenous advisors who will contextualise the ancient and present cultures of their tribes

‘We are stepping out and owning the space’: Santa Fe Indian Market’s centennial comes at a pivotal moment for Indigenous artists

The Southwest Association of American Indian Art is laying critical groundwork to serve Native and Indigenous artists now and into the 22nd century

Ancient ‘Hellgate’ pictographs irreparably vandalised in Montana

The pictographs are nominated for listing in the US National Register of Historic Places

Toronto culture festival admits to ‘internalising colonial systems’ after mishandling Indigenous-led art project

The Luminato Festival, a fixture of Toronto’s arts scene since 2007, called off the Um of Water project days before its debut

National Museum of Scotland urged to return First Nations totem pole stolen by Canadian anthropologist

The pole was stolen in 1929 and, if returned, would be only the second totem pole to be repatriated to a First Nation by a European institution

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Canada moves toward adopting artist's resale rights law

The move would be especially significant for First Nations artists, who make up an enormous share of Canada’s art market but rarely earn more than subsistence income from sales

US museums and Indigenous tribes receive $2m grant to boost repatriation efforts

The National Park Service has awarded grants totaling $2.1m to 20 museums and nine tribes

Pope Francis addresses forced assimilation in Canadian tour amid calls for repatriation of Indigenous artefacts from Vatican Museums

Francis delivered a speech in Maskwacis as part of a week-long visit to apologise for the role of the Catholic church in the cultural genocide of Indigenous communities

Indigenous Canadian artists pressure government to curtail sales of counterfeit First Nations art

Imports of artworks manufactured abroad to replicate Indigenous Canadian styles are not currently regulated

Indigenous tribes will co-manage Utah’s long-contested Bears Ears National Monument

The governance and size of the monument have been disputed for years, and Utah Republicans are still trying to block president Biden's 2021 expansion of its boundaries

Art Gallery of Ontario unveils its first public art commission, an elephantine bronze by Brian Jungen

The massive sculpture, five years in the making, depicts a tragic circus elephant recreated out of trashed leather furniture

Midwestern man charged for illegally excavating Indigenous artefacts

The man and others excavated a densely concentrated archaeological site in the Harry S. Truman State Park in Missouri

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Congolese artists mint NFTs to challenge US museum's ownership of indigenous sculpture

The pair have created NFTs of a sculpture made in the Congo but owned by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in response to a disagreement over its loan

Artefacts long held by the Smithsonian will go on view at new Mi’ kmaw cultural centre in Nova Scotia

The $50m centre is scheduled to open in 2025 and showcase works on long-term loan from the National Museum of the American Indian

Canadian First Nation calls for portion of controversial $789m museum budget to be spent repatriating Indigenous artefacts

The province’s enormous expenditure to rebuild the Royal British Columbia Museum should include funding repatriation efforts, the Tseshaht First Nation says

New show in Los Angeles keeps an ancient culture alive by ‘nourishing’ its objects

An exhibition of Colombian ceramics and other artefacts at the Los Angeles Museum of Art was informed by advice from an Arhuaco spritual leader

Chippewa Abstract Expressionist artist George Morrison honoured with new set of US stamps

Morrison, whose work remained rooted in the landscape even as it evolved from figurative to quasi-Fauvist to Abstract Expressionist, was a pioneering figure in Native American modernism