Representing South, Central, and North America, the Arts of the Americas collection has grown to include more than 4,500 works.

With the first acquisitions made between 1910 and 1913, these holdings span from Alaska to Argentina, and from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Indigenous art of North America is a particular strength. While the collection contains pre-contact material (primarily ceramic and stone artifacts), most works date from the 19th century to today. The vitality of tradition-based forms is represented by outstanding modern and contemporary works, including those by Pueblo potters, Elizabeth Naranjo and Margaret Tafoya, textile artists Ramona Sakiestewa and Juanita Tsosie, and baskets made by Mohawk artists.

Simeon Stilthda, Bear Rattle,19th century. Haida​. Wood, paint, 8 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (21 x 8.3 cm). Gift of the Society for Foreign Mission Welfare, 1955 | 55.245​

Unrecorded artist, Girl’s Dress, 19th century​. Lakota. Brown twill cotton, hide, glass beads, cotton sewing thread, 30 1/2 x 23 3/8 in. (77.5 x 59.4 cm). Gift of Mrs. G. K. B. Wade, 1924, transfer from the Educational Loan Collection, 2017 | 24.2590

Unrecorded artist, Beaker (kero), 17th century​. Inca​. Lacquered wood, 8 1/4 in. x 7 in. x 4 3/4 in. (21 cm x 17.8 cm x 12.1 cm). Purchase 1948 Anonymous Fund | 48.436​

Unrecorded artist, Shoulder Bag, 1840‑1850. Delaware Lenni. Lenape​. Cotton, wool, silk, glass beads, tinned iron, brass, bone, 29 1/2 x 22 in. (74.9 x 55.9 cm)​. Purchase 2017 Mr. and Mrs. William V. Griffin Fund | 2017.10​

Velino Herrera, Design, Tree and Birds, 1930. Watercolor on paper, 17 3/4 x 25 1/4 in. (45 x 64. cm)​. Gift of Amelia Elizabeth White, 1937 | 37.216​

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