Past Exhibitions

First Americans: Tribal Art from North America

April 7, 2018- August 19, 2018

Image credit:
Headdress, c. 1900
Lakota; The Great Plains
Golden eagle feathers, wool cloth, cotton cloth and glass beads; 57,5 x 50,8 x 59,7 cm
Gift of Mr. Jerry Stoll

After a long journey around the world, the Bowers Museum’s special exhibition featuring selections from our own Native American collection will be on view in Santa Ana!

First Americans includes artwork representative of the native people from the Arctic North, the Northwest Coast, California, the Southwest and the Great Plains. The exhibition first traveled to Bogotá, Colombia’s Museo del Oro in 2011 and then was shown in three museums in China from 2014 to 2015. Several of our collection’s most important works will be on display in the exhibition, including what may be the earliest example of a transitional Navajo First Phase Chief 's blanket, an early Hopi katsina doll, and from the Sonora region of Mexico, a rare Seri feathered kilt.


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