Indigenous or Native Art of Wisconsin

Native American art is about evolution. While works by Wisconsin Native artists can be rooted in tradition, it also has important things to say about the modern world and the future. Some Native Wisconsin artists take the traditional and lend it a new twist, for art is created in the present, not frozen in time.

Going to the original source of art will always provide you with an experience – it’s where stories can be shared and mutual understandings grow. Here, you can learn from the artists themselves and celebrate Wisconsin’s history through its diverse culture. We encourage you to explore further.

Native ArtHayward

Artist and teacher Ramona Morrow of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Yankton Sioux, provides gallery space for her Cattail dolls along with numerous Native artists from the Hayward area. Morrow’s offers a wide variety of “Hand Crafted” Native American art including bead work, birch and ash baskets, headdresses, regalia, moccasins, cradle boards, dream catchers and paintings.

Native Spirit Gifts & GalleryBayfield

Native Spirit Gifts & Gallery calls out to the traveler seeking fine Native arts. Located on the Red Cliff Indian Reservation, this gallery offers traditional Anishinabe Ojibwe (Chippewa) art from the Great Lakes Region. Works include bead work, locally made birch bark baskets, full size hand-crafted birch bark canoes, dream catchers, quill boxes, books, and music. A cultural display provides visual education for deeper understanding.

Woodland Indian Art CenterLac du Flambeau

Woodland Indian Art Center is home to a gallery featuring Native Woodland regional artwork as well as a thriving cultural center. Both traditional and contemporary artwork is represented in its carvings, birch bark baskets, jewelry, paintings and bead work. Additionally, classes, workshops and demonstrations in music, writing and dancing round out this center’s offerings. Whether you are a collector or student of fine Native artwork, Woodland Indian Art Center can assist you.

Chief Oshkosh Native American ArtsEgg Harbor

Chief Oshkosh in Egg Harbor has been an outlet for Wisconsin Native American artists for over 60 years. Roy Oshkosh, leader of the Menominee Nation, established the business as Chief Oshkosh Trading Post on land once popular as a summer site for Native Americans. Today, Oneida artist and teacher Colleen Bins is slowly reshaping its future with an emphasis on the Woodland region of native peoples. The gallery features works by watercolorist Dawn Dark Mountain of Madison, painter Mary Prescott, doll maker Judith Jourdan of Oneida, and wooden flute maker Michael Farmer of Baileys Harbor. An amphitheater in back provides space for performance art.

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