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Native American (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa Nation, Ojibwe), 20th century, female.

Born 1967, in Michigan.

Black ash basket weaver, painter.

Kelly Jean Church received an Associate of Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Studies in 1996, a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting/sculpture from the University of Michigan in ...


G. Lola Worthington

(b Buffalo, NY, 1950).

Tuscarora artist, writer, educator, and museum director. Hill studied at the Art Institute of Chicago (1968–70), and was awarded a Master of Arts degree from SUNY, Buffalo, NY (1980).

Intrigued with Seneca General Ely Parker (General Grant’s Military Secretary), Hill investigated Parker’s life, which took him to Washington, DC, for two years. Hill began to identify with Parker’s experience and realized he would devote himself to enlightening others about Native American arts, knowledge, education, and culture.

Hill was skilled in painting, photography, carving, beading, and basket weaving, and many of these works are located at the Canadian Museum of Civilizations, Quebec; the Woodland Indian Cultural Center, Brantford, Ontario; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Washington, DC; and the Seneca Iroquois National Museum, Salamanca, NY. He taught at McMaster University, Mohawk College, Six Nations Polytechnic, and SUNY at Buffalo. Hill developed a culturally based Seneca Language curriculum and training models for teaching....


Native American (Haudenosaunee/Cattaraugaus, Huron clan), 20th century, male.

Born in 1945, in New York.

Painter, mixed-media artist (acrylics, video/film), paper-maker, curator.

Peter Jemison received his BA in art education from Buffalo State College. His artwork combines contemporary art practices with traditional Native American themes, such as in the Haudenosaunee notion of ...


G. Lola Worthington

(b San Francisco, CA, Oct 5, 1937).

Native American (Maidu–Wintu) painter, printmaker, photographer, writer, educator, traditional dancer and poet. LaPena, also known as Tauhindauli, spent time with the Nomtipom Wintu and other regional neighboring elders to conserve and regain traditional cultural practices. He was taught traditional tribal songs, dances and ceremonial rituals of Northern California Native American culture that inspired his interest in reviving and preserving Northern California tribal culture and accompanying performance arts. His work, along with Frank Day (1902–76), a late Maidu elder and painter, aided the founding of the Maidu Dancers and Traditionalists, a group dedicated to carrying out traditional cultural forms and social practices. Earning his bachelor’s degree from California State University (CSU), Chico (1965), and an Anthropology Masters of Arts degree from CSU, Sacramento (1978), he taught for the next 30 years in the CSU, Sacramento American Indian Studies program.

For LaPena, his art was a spiritual act, which empowers the maker with an opportunity to achieve a stronger sense of understanding life. Inspired by prehistoric rock painting, some painted images are depicted in total abstraction, while others illustrate a narrative theme. His strong consciousness of his Californian Native American heritage is distinctive and many themes in his compositions provide a powerful commentary in their depiction of the struggles of Northern California Native Americans; “To let the world know what happened in California, and to the indigenous populations points out that survival issues are still of great concern.” His paintings and prints reached a popular acceptance. LaPena exhibited throughout the United States and internationally at the Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, NM, the Chicago Art Institute, the San Francisco Museum, the Linder Museum, Stuttgart, the American Arts Gallery, New York, the George G. Heye Center of the Smithsonian, New York, and numerous galleries. In ...


Native American (Tongva-Acjachemen), 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1952, in California.

Painter, writer, tribal scholar, cartoonist, basket weaver, illustrator, indigenous language activist.

As cofounder of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, L. Frank Manriquez, a California Indian artist and activist, has become particularly associated with the movement for language revitalisation and recovery of indigenous knowledge in the state. A multi-talented figure with a gift for humour, especially in her cartoon works, she has exhibited nationally and internationally, and is a board member of the Cultural Conservancy, supporting indigenous rights, self-determination and the protection of native lands. She also makes and teaches about baskets and is a board member of the California Indian Basketweavers Association. As the author of ...


Native American (Tuscarora), 20th century, female.

Born 1956, in Sanborn (New York).

Photographer, installation artist, curator, and professor.

Jolene Rickard received her BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, an MS from Buffalo State College and her doctorate from the University of Buffalo. Rickard is particularly interested in the transfer of Native oral traditions and cultural knowledge both on and off the reservation. Her art installations and photographs reference her Haudenosaunee/Tuscarora heritage and the importance of teaching and learning in the Native community. In the exhibit ...


Native American (Yu’pik/Inupiaq), 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1960, in Sivuqaq (Gamble, Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska).

Sculpture, carving, mixed media, writer.

Susie Silook grew up in the community of Sivuqaq (Gamble) on Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska, and most recently resided on Adak, an island on the Aleutian chain in Alaska. As a single mother, Silook first began carving for largely economic reasons, to support her family....


Native American (Onondaga/urban-Iroquois), 20th century, male.

Born 1956, in Buffalo (New York).

Photographer, curator.

Jeffrey Thomas experimented with photography while completing his American Studies degree at the State University of New York in Buffalo. It was not until 1979, while recovering from a car accident, that Thomas adopted photography as an artistic practice. Upon moving to Toronto in ...


Native American (Onondaga, Mi’kmaq), 20th century, female.

Born 15 December 1945, in Buffalo (New York).

Poet, mixed-media artist.

Gail Tremblay graduated with a BA in Drama from the University of New Hampshire in 1967 and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. She is an acclaimed writer and mixed-media artist whose work has been displayed in more than 60 group and solo exhibits across the world. To compose her baskets, Tremblay mixes traditional materials (such as leather, corn husks, bark, beads and porcupine quills) with Native American styles (such as weaving, beading and coiling)....


Native American (Muscogee Creek/Seminole and Diné/Navajo), 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1954, in Phoenix.

Photographer, filmmaker. Video, collage.

Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie is a member of the Bear and Raccoon Clans of the Seminole and Muscogee Nations, as passed down from her mother. Her Diné/Navajo father, Andrew Van Tsinajinnie (b. ...


American, of Native American (Cherokee) and Scottish/Irish descent, 20th century, female.

Born 1935, in Syracuse (New York).

Painter, professor, curator.

Kay Walking Stick graduated with a BFA in 1959 from Beaver College (now Arcadia) and in 1975 earned an MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute in New York. In Walking Stick’s prolific 40-year-plus career, she has shown her work in over 50 solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. Walking Stick’s large diptych landscape paintings combine images of natural forms, like mountains with abstract figurative images, which are used as a metaphor to express both sides of her Native American and Caucasian heritage. By manipulating the texture of her work by layering paint with other materials such as encaustic wax or gold leaf, she believes that the viewer is able to develop a kinaesthetic awareness to the memory of touch and emotion....