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Indigenous Appalachia

A guide to sources informing the Indigenous Appalachia exhibition

Readings for context and history

Indigenous Appalachian art and artists: context and history

Indigenous people do not have a word for art, but what colonial language labels art has always been part of Indigenous cultures.

Art is a broadly descriptive term for any creative expression including visual forms of all media, craftwork, writing, tool-making, clothing, expressing and practicing culture and ancestry and religion. Indigenous art is a widely studied, revered, and celebrated field in global society. Scholars spend significant time analyzing layered meaning, context, and purposes of the Indigenous American art and the role it has and continues to play in its respective culture.

Readings to learn more


Native American Art Fraud at Native American Calling

Fake Native American art is typically made with inferior materials and stolen designs. It can be hard for the untrained eye to detect, but it undercuts the livelihoods and legitimacy of true Native American artists. [discussion of the harms caused by fraudulent "Native" art, featuring perspectives from former WVU Native American Studies instructor Dr. Joe Candillo (Pascua Yaqui)]

Catawba Identifying Artists

Catawba Tribe, pottery and jewelry

Cayuga Identifying Artists

Dawn Jamieson, actress and playwright

Cherokee Identifying Artists

Mary Adair, author and researcher

Nadema Agard, visual artist and storyteller

Connor Alexander, writer and game creator

Marilou Awiatka, poet

Preston Bark, ink drawing

Kayln Barnoski, visual artist and designer

Roy Bone, artist

Jody Bradley, poet and writer

Annette Clapsaddle, writer

Atsei Haley Cooper, 2D visual artist

Art Coulson, writer

Fourth World Design, drawing and painting

Jeffrey Gibson, mixed media artist

Beth Hazen, metals, beadwork, basketry, jewelry

Becky Hobbs, musician

Sharon Irla, painter

Katharine Jacobs, painter and makeup artist

Charles Jumper, copper artist

Adrienne Keene, podcaster

America Meredith, mixed media artist

Mary Kathryn Nagle, playwright

Monique Ortman, graphic designer

Joel Queen, ceramics and woodcarving

Rob Radford, jewelry and knives

Amanda Swimmer, pottery

Mary Thompson, basket weaver

Kay Walkingstick, landscape artist

Miriam Zmiewski, mixed media artist

Choctaw Identifying Artists

Jeffrey Gibson, mixed materials artist

Delaware Identifying Artists

Yonavea Hawkins, bead artist

Hopi Identifying Artists

Fourth World Design, drawing and painting

Iroquois Identifying Artists

Joanne Shenandoah, artist, educator, musician

Mohawk Identifying Artists

Kamala Cesar, dance

Tracey Deer, filmmaker

John Fadden, drawing and painting

Carla Hemlock, fabric artist

Ryan Hill, carving

Margaret Jacobs, sculpture

Merritt Johnson, mixed media painting and sculpture 

Tai LeClaire, comedy

Alan Michelson, video, public art

Iakowi:he'ne' (Melissa) Oakes, fashion design and storytelling

Pass the Feather, graphic design, photography

Danielle Soames, actor

Jimmy Wolf, musician

Muscogee Creek Identifying Artists

Joy Harjo, poet laureate

Oneida Identifying Artists

Erin Lee Antonak, sculpture and drawings

Kat Brown, printmaking, beadwork, fashion

Joanne Shenandoah, artist, educator, musician

Onondaga Identifying Artists

Frank Buffalo Hyde, painting

Pascua Identifying Artists

Joe Candillo, weapons, clothing, and jewelry

Seneca and Tonawanda Seneca Identifying Artists

Jamie Jacobs, leather artist?

Peter Jemison, painter, drawing, and film

Faye Lone, quilt maker

Shawnee Identifying Artists

Ben Harjo, drawings and paintings

Shoshone Identifying Artists

Redbone, music

Tuscarora Identifying Artists

Robert D’Alimonte, woodworking and carving

Kelly Lynne D'Angelo, comedy

George Longfish, printmaking

Vicki Ramirez, playwright

Jolene Ricard, photography

John Scott Richardson, actor