June 10th, 2021 - Where the Wild Things Are: Animal Imagery in Native Art

Stamped, carved, woven or constructed, animals and insects are perennial favorites in Native art. Inspired by the natural world, we see animals that exist in the arid country of the Southwest, or that play important parts in Native cosmologies, but occasionally the inspiration is from farther afield.
Ideas of transformation, fertility and strength are found in images of butterflies, frogs and bears, to name a few, but there are as many meanings behind the art as there are artists creating them.
Ranging from faithful, exacting representations to fanciful interpretations based more on imagination than fact, we are pleased to present a wild assortment of birds, beasts and insects to add to your own menagerie.