Five Native American Artists Preserve Their Culture Through Contemporary Art

Anna Tsouhlarakis, "Let’s Dance!" (2004), still from digital video, 15 minutes
(Courtesy the Artist)

As the nation settles down to bountiful feasts that celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday linked to the early traditions of settlers in the United States, ARTINFO takes a look at five Native American contemporary artists — Anna Tsouhlarakis, Teri Greeves, Dustinn Craig, C. Maxx Stevens, and Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds — whose work reflects the cultures of the many tribes indigenous to our nation, whose histories are also an essential factor of its origins. From innovative uses of traditional techniques to contemporary approaches to historic themes, these artists from around the country present the complexities of the modern Native American experience.

Click here for a slideshow of these five artists' works.