Engaging children with artists who look like them, have similar experiences, and come from similar backgrounds is a great source of inspiration and empowerment. By reflecting their own identities, experiences and motivations (mirrors) and also providing insight into the identities, experiences and motivations of others (windows) can move students toward more nuanced perceptions of the world around them (sliding glass doors).*  Discover new BIPOC artists to add to your curriculum.


*Source: By Rudine Sims Bishop, The Ohio State University. "Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors"
This is a evolving and growing resource. If you have any suggestions or would like to recommend additional artists, please e-mail us at antiracistartteachers@gmail.com We thank you for your collaboration!

Indigenous Artists

Artists listed in alphabetical order by first/preferred name.

Artists have many layered identities and art educators need to present them as such.


Representing diverse artists in your curriculum is only part of an Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist curriculum. It needs to be more than a symbolic effort and art educators need to take into account intersectionality when introducing these artists to students. How do aspects of an artists’ social and political identities (ex. gender, sex, race, class, sexuality, religion, ability, physical appearance, etc.) intersect within their work?
In addition, we recognize that race is socially constructed and it is impossible to put humans in clearly defined categories by race. Racial identity is deeply personal, and artists within any given subgroup define themselves differently. Race, ethnicity, and nationality are all factors artist's individually consider as their personal identity. However, as mentioned previously that is not all that there is to their identity. We know that artists have many layered identities and art educators need to do the research to present them as such. These groupings are not perfect, as humans are not meant to be divided into boxes. We hope this resource can help art educators identify who is missing from their curriculum in order to create a curriculum more representative of the incredible diversity among students and artists today.

A

Andrea Carlson
Ojibwe

Alex Janvier
Cold Lake

Anita Fields
Osage and Muscogee

Arlo Namingha

Tewa and Hopi

Athena LaTocha
Hunkpapa Lakota




B

Bill Reid
Haida Canadian

Bob Boyer
(Cree)/Métis Nation

Brian Jungen
Dane-Zaa and Swiss

Bruce Alfred
Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw Tribe

Bunky Echo-Hawk
Pawnee & Yakama




C

Cara Romero
Chemehuevi

Charlene Teters
Spokane

Christi Marlene Belcourt
Métis Canadian

Crystal Worl
Tlingit and Deg Hit’an Athabascan

Courtney M. Leonard Shinnecock




D

Dempsey Bob
Tahltan and Tlingit

Diane Douglas-Willard
Haida

Dana Claxton Hunkpapa Lakota

Daphne Odjig
Canadian First Nations of Odawa-Potawatomi-English Heritage

Diego Romero
Cochiti Pueblo

Duane Slick
American, Mesqwaki, and Ho-Chunk artist



E

Edward Poitras
Métis

Emmi Whitehorse
Navajo

Erica Lord
Finnish-American, Iñupiaq and Athabascan


F-G

Gina Adams
Ojibwe, Lakota Irish,
& Lithuanian




H-I

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds
Cheyenne and Arapaho

Holly Wilson
Delaware Tribe of Western Oklahoma and Cherokee



J

James Lavadour
Walla Walla

James Luna
La Jolla Luiseño-Ipi-and Mexican-American

Jamie Okuma
Luiseño and Shoshone-Bannock

Jason Garcia (Okuu Pin) Santa Clara Pueblo and Tewa

Jaune Quick–to–See Smith. Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Métis and Shoshone descent

Jeffrey A. Gibson Choctaw and Cherokee

Jeffrey Veregge Port Gamble S’Klallam

Joe David
Nuu-Chah-Nult

K-L

Kay WalkingStick
Cherokee

Kenny Alvin Baird
(Cree)/Métis

Kent Monkman
Canadian Cree


M

Marcus Amerman
Choctaw

Marcus Cadman
Navajo and Kickapoo

Maria Martinez
Tewa heritage of the San Ildefonso Pueblo

Marie Watt
Seneca

Mary Edmonia Lewis
Mississauga Ojibwe and Afro-Haitian

Matika Wilbur
Swinomish and Tulalip

Melissa S. Cody
Navajo/Diné

Michael Kabotie
Hopi

Molly Murphy-Adams
Lakota




N-O

Natalie Ball
Klamath, Modoc, & African American

Neal Ambrose-Smith Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation

Nicholas Galanin Tlingit and Unangax̂

Norval Morrisseau
Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek

P

Preston Singletary
Tlingit




Q-R

R.C. Gorman
Navajo

Rebecca Belmore Anishinaabekwe

Rebecca Gloria-jean Baird (Cree)/Métis

Robert Davidson
Haida

Rose B. Simpson
Santa Clara Pueblo

Roxanne Swentzell
Santa Clara Tewa

Raven Halfmoon Caddo Nation

Richard Glazer-Danay
Kahnawake (Caughnawaga) Mohawk and Jewish

S

Shelley Niro
Mohawk

Shonto Begay
Navajo

Sonny Assu
Ligwi'lda'xw of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nations

Sonya Kelliher -Combs
Athabaskan

Starr Hardridge
Muscogee

Steven Yazzie
Navajo and Laguna Pueblo

Sydney Pursel
Ioway


T

Tanya Lukin Linklater Alutiiq




U-V

Virgil Ortiz
Cochiti Pueblo




W-X-Y-Z

Wendy Red Star
Apsáalooke (Crow)

Will Wilson
Navajo, Diné



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Indigenous: ethnic groups who are the original or earliest known inhabitants of an area, in contrast to groups that have settled, occupied or colonized the area more recently.

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Métis Peoples: people of mixed Indigenous and European ancestry. The Métis National Council adopted the following definition of “Métis” in 2002: “Métis” means a person who self-identifies as Métis, is distinct from other Aboriginal peoples, is of historic Métis Nation Ancestry and who is accepted by the Métis Nation.

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