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NATIVE AMERICAN ART

The Native American collection features prehistoric, historic, and contemporary art of indigenous peoples of North America. The Donald Danforth, Jr. Collection, which consists of Great Plains art, is the foundation of the collection. Other strengths include prehistoric and historic pottery and textiles from the Southwest, Northwest Coast art in copper and wood, and woven baskets from California.

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Curator

Jill Ahlberg Yohe is the Mellon Fellow in Native American Art. At the Saint Louis Art Museum, Jill has installed two permanent galleries of Native American Art, including the recently acquired Danforth Collection of historic Great Plains artwork, and a gallery of Native American Southwestern and Plains material. She also co-curated exhibitions of the Museum’s holdings of Edward Curtis and Carl Wimar.

Jill received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation, entitled The Social Life of Weaving in Contemporary Navajo Life, is based on four years of ethnographic fieldwork with Navajo weavers and community members.

Jill has written several articles for peer-reviewed journals and is writing a manuscript about Navajo weaving for the University of Arizona Press.

Currently, Jill is working with Native artists, curators, and Native art scholars on a publication of Plains Reservation Art from the Danforth Collection, a collaborative project that seeks to highlight the many ways of viewing Native art.

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The Native American collection features prehistoric, historic, and contemporary art of indigenous peoples of North America. The Donald Danforth, Jr. Collection, which consists of Great Plains art, is the foundation of the collection. Other strengths include prehistoric and historic pottery and textiles from the Southwest, Northwest Coast art in copper and wood, and woven baskets from California.

View our Native American Collection

Curator

Jill Ahlberg Yohe is the Mellon Fellow in Native American Art. At the Saint Louis Art Museum, Jill has installed two permanent galleries of Native American Art, including the recently acquired Danforth Collection of historic Great Plains artwork, and a gallery of Native American Southwestern and Plains material. She also co-curated exhibitions of the Museum's holdings of Edward Curtis and Carl Wimar.

Jill received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Her dissertation, entitled The Social Life of Weaving in Contemporary Navajo Life, is based on four years of ethnographic fieldwork with Navajo weavers and community members.

Jill has written several articles for peer-reviewed journals and is writing a manuscript about Navajo weaving for the University of Arizona Press.

Currently, Jill is working with Native artists, curators, and Native art scholars on a publication of Plains Reservation Art from the Danforth Collection, a collaborative project that seeks to highlight the many ways of viewing Native art.


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