For centuries, stories of Native American art and culture have often been told through a non-Native lens. Such non-Native narratives have frequently shaped perceptions about indigenous people, including beliefs held by some modern Americans.
In response, many contemporary indigenous artists endeavor to tell their own stories. Provocative, engaging, and often humorous, their art both establishes and reclaims their cultural narratives.
Many indigenous artists also create works that reflect how they negotiate their place within Native and non-Native communities. As Native people living in a country with a dominant non-Native culture, these artists examine the intersections of these distinct cultural worlds.
The selection of artists in this exhibition is representative of a larger community of contemporary Native artists working to assert Native perspectives and challenge misconceptions. Presented entirely through the artists’ own works and words, (RE)CLAIM shares their reflections on the always relevant question of identity.