Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture The mission of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology is to inspire appreciation for and knowledge of the diverse native arts, histories, languages, and cultures of the Greater Southwest. Visit us at http://miaclab.org
(731)

A visit to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is an excellent introduction to the complexity and diversity of the Native American cultures of the region. Here, you can listen to the stories and songs that tell of origins and the long history of the Native people of the Southwest, witness the development of new forms of art, or learn about the contemporary lives and lifeways of the Southwest's indigenous populations. HOURS Open Daily 10am-5pm from May through October Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm from November through April. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, January 1st, and Easter Sunday

Women have long been the creative force behind Native American art, yet their individual contributions have been largely...
02/24/2020
Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists

Women have long been the creative force behind Native American art, yet their individual contributions have been largely unrecognized, instead treated as anonymous representations of entire cultures. Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists explores the artistic achievements of Native women and establishes their rightful place in the art world.

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists is the first major thematic exhibition to explore the artistic achievements of Native women.

Today MIAC hosts Helen Bird (Santo Domingo Pueblo) for a pottery demonstration from 1pm to 4pm. Stop in any time! Free e...
02/19/2020

Today MIAC hosts Helen Bird (Santo Domingo Pueblo) for a pottery demonstration from 1pm to 4pm. Stop in any time! Free entrance today for New Mexico seniors.

02/12/2020

Please note Wednesday's pottery demonstration with Helen Bird has been rescheduled to 2/19 - the following Wednesday - due to inclement weather.

Due to inclement weather and for the safety of our guests and staff, the four state museums in Santa Fe will be closed T...
02/11/2020

Due to inclement weather and for the safety of our guests and staff, the four state museums in Santa Fe will be closed Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

Photo by Maxine McBrinn

02/11/2020

MIAC is closed today due to inclement weather. Please visit us Tuesday through Sunday when the weather improves!

As we prepare for the closure of Here, Now and Always we recognize the importance of documenting all parts of the exhibi...
02/10/2020

As we prepare for the closure of Here, Now and Always we recognize the importance of documenting all parts of the exhibit. This includes filming Dr. Bruce Bernstein and Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo), two of the original curators, discussing and reflecting on the exhibition. Filmography by Peshawn Bread, Charine Gonzales, and Jhane Myers.

From our friends at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology...
02/07/2020

From our friends at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology...

Last week, our very own Mary Weahkee (Santa Clara Pueblo / Comanche and staff archaeologist at the Office of Archaeological Studies) posed for a photo shoot for an upcoming New Mexico Game and Fish publication. The photo shoot centered on Mary and her experimental work of making a turkey blanket using traditional methods and materials (yucca cordage and turkey feathers). Mary was commissioned by the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture to make a turkey blanket to be exhibited in the upcoming revision of the Here, Now and Always permanent exhibition slated to re-open in June of 2021. Mary’s experimental work is currently generating a lot of discussion in our local tribal communities and the archaeology world. Thanks to Mary’s efforts we are learning more about how these blankets were made in the past.

During the process of making the blanket, Mary partnered with the New Mexico Game and Fish. One ranger (Storm) from New Mexico Game and Fish gave Mary 32 pelts for the blanket, in addition a biologist (Caelin) allowed Mary to harvest feathers from several live birds around New Mexico.
It is estimated Mary spent 18 months creating this blanket with an average of 2 ½ hours per foot weaving the feathers into the yucca cordage. We are very fortunate to have Mary with us at the center, and her wealth of knowledge pertaining to these blankets and birds. We are excited about future educational opportunities that Mary will be doing in the future in regards to this endeavor. Thank you Mary, and please come see the turkey blanket at MIAC in June of 2021. Look out for the New Mexico Game and Fish publication featuring this collaboration.

Photo 1 Courtesy of Martin Perea

The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the United States to receive an invitation to deposit its traditional heirloom...
02/05/2020
Cherokee Nation First U.S. Tribe to Send Heirloom Seeds to Global Seed Vault in Norway — Native News Online

The Cherokee Nation is the first tribe in the United States to receive an invitation to deposit its traditional heirloom seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a long-term seed storage facility housed deep inside a mountain on a remote island in Norway.

Tweet   Published February 5, 2020 TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Nine varieties of heirloom seeds that predate European settlement in North America have been sent to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway by Cherokee Nation. The seeds’ journey across the Atlantic Ocean came as the result of Luigi Guarin...

Just a handful of Navajo Code Talkers remain.
02/04/2020
Joe Vandever Sr., Navajo Code Talker, dies at 96

Just a handful of Navajo Code Talkers remain.

Joe Vandever Sr., a member of the top-secret Navajo Code Talker program that developed an unbreakable code language during World War II, has died, according to Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

Congratulations to David Gaussoin (Picuris Pueblo/Diné) for his selection by Southwest Contemporary as a NM artist to "k...
01/30/2020
12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now: David Gaussoin

Congratulations to David Gaussoin (Picuris Pueblo/Diné) for his selection by Southwest Contemporary as a NM artist to "know now." MIAC will feature one of his necklaces in the renewed Here, Now and Always, opening next year!

These are artists whose works are shaping the landscape of contemporary art in the Southwest.

Congratulations to Clarence Cruz (Ohkay Owingeh) on his selection as an inaugural Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow! Cruz...
01/28/2020
2020 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellows | First Nations Development Institute

Congratulations to Clarence Cruz (Ohkay Owingeh) on his selection as an inaugural Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow! Cruz demonstrated his pottery skills just a few weeks ago at MIAC. We couldn't be happier for him!

In 2019, First Nations Development Institute in partnership with the Henry Luce Foundation launched the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship to honor and support a select cohort of fellows as they work to further Indigenous knowledge creation, dissemination and change in Indigenous communities. ...

Fascinating to learn how the Census is conducted in Alaska!
01/22/2020
At 90, Alaska Native woman is 1st counted in US Census

Fascinating to learn how the Census is conducted in Alaska!

Lizzie Chimiugak has lived for 90 years in the windswept western wilds of Alaska, born to a nomadic family who lived in mud homes and followed where the good hunting and fishing led.

Take a look at this trailer for Canes of Power, which MIAC is screening on Sunday at 1pm. Introduction and Q&A will be h...
01/17/2020
"Canes of Power" Trailer

Take a look at this trailer for Canes of Power, which MIAC is screening on Sunday at 1pm. Introduction and Q&A will be hosted by Dr. Matthew Martinez, our deputy director and an associate producer of the film.

The story of President Lincoln's gift of engraved Canes to each of New Mexico's 19 Indian Pueblos, forever symbolizing the recognition of their tribal…

01/17/2020

MIAC remains closed on Friday, January 17, due to the inclement weather. Please visit us Tuesday through Sunday when the weather improves!

01/16/2020

For the safety of our guests and staff, the 4 state museums in Santa Fe will be closed this afternoon due to inclement weather.

Washington state gets first Native American justice
01/14/2020
Washington state gets first Native American justice

Washington state gets first Native American justice

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee named Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, saying the appointment of the first Native American justice to the...

"Halting the telescope is the immediate aim, but the protesters’ larger goal is to bring wider attention to their grieva...
01/09/2020
Why Are Native Hawaiians Protesting Against a Telescope?

"Halting the telescope is the immediate aim, but the protesters’ larger goal is to bring wider attention to their grievances about the state’s economic interests being given priority over Native Hawaiian cultural and land use rights."

Demonstrators blocking construction of a major scientific project on Hawaii’s highest mountain have started to attract support across the country. Here’s what you need to know.

Save the date! For more information about the Antiques Roadshow l PBS 2020 tour and ticket application process please vi...
01/07/2020
Antiques Roadshow l PBS

Save the date! For more information about the Antiques Roadshow l PBS 2020 tour and ticket application process please visit pbs.org/antiques or call the hotline at 888-762-3749.

New Mexico-area Roadies: The 2020 Production Tour is heading to New Mexico's Museum Hill on Tuesday, June 16! Learn more and enter for a chance to win tickets now:

"The gear is a testament to exceptional engineering talent. The Yupik people do not possess an indigenous word for 'scie...
01/07/2020
These Snow Goggles Demonstrate Thousands of Years of Indigenous Ingenuity

"The gear is a testament to exceptional engineering talent. The Yupik people do not possess an indigenous word for 'science,' but they have had a nuanced grasp of the physics, biology and chemistry that propel the natural world. They use every material they can get their hands on to craft tools and clothing that help them survive a frigid, treacherous environment."

Made in Alaska and fashioned to protect against snow glare, the eyewear was carved from whale baleen circa 1890

“A long time ago, we would actually make a pot, and carry it on our head. We would use it for the things we needed,” sai...
01/02/2020
How Rose Simpson's lowrider is an homage to Pueblo potters

“A long time ago, we would actually make a pot, and carry it on our head. We would use it for the things we needed,” said Simpson, who earned an MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. “And nowadays, we have these cars, and we use them, and it’s still for the same purpose of nourishing our families.”

“A long time ago, we would actually make a pot, and carry it on our head. We would use it for the things we needed,” said Simpson. “And nowadays, we have these cars, and we use them, and it’s still for the same purpose of nourishing our families.”

"When it came time to narrow down topics to make two films, the students settled on issues that have affected many of th...
12/24/2019
Reservation high school students' film on missing and murdered Indigenous people wins award

"When it came time to narrow down topics to make two films, the students settled on issues that have affected many of them in some way: drug and alcohol abuse, and missing and murdered women and girls in Indian Country and on the Wind River Reservation."

The film, created by Fort Washakie High School students, is an attempt to help raise awareness about the problem in Indian County and on the Wind River Reservation.

12/23/2019
Craft in America » IDENTITY

Be sure to catch Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo) on PBS this Friday in Craft in America. Then visit our exhibition - the largest collection of his work to date - at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture!

Featuring potter Diego Romero, photographer Cara Romero, furniture maker Wendy Maruyama, and sculptor Cristina Córdova. PBS premiere December 27, 2019 (check local listings)

A Cree Artist Redraws History
12/21/2019
A Cree Artist Redraws History

A Cree Artist Redraws History

With humor and fantasy, Kent Monkman disrupts clichés of Native victimhood at the Met.

Our annual holiday wrapping paper will be published this Sunday 12/22 in The Santa Fe New Mexican and available in the S...
12/19/2019

Our annual holiday wrapping paper will be published this Sunday 12/22 in The Santa Fe New Mexican and available in the Santa Fe museum lobbies while limited supplies last!

Marbled paper by Tom Leech, curator of Palace Press. Handmade papers and prints are available for sale at the Palace Press.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Museum Hill Holiday Stroll. It was our pleasure to host you at the Museum of Ind...
12/16/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Museum Hill Holiday Stroll. It was our pleasure to host you at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Happy Holidays!

Join us tomorrow evening for the Museum Hill Holiday Stroll! The MaaTuu Dance Group (Pojoaque/Santa Clara Pueblo) will p...
12/12/2019

Join us tomorrow evening for the Museum Hill Holiday Stroll! The MaaTuu Dance Group (Pojoaque/Santa Clara Pueblo) will perform at 5:30 and 6:30 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Today Malcom Yepa (Jemez Pueblo) delivered a tree for our Holiday Stroll as a gift from Jemez Pueblo. The Stroll begins ...
12/11/2019

Today Malcom Yepa (Jemez Pueblo) delivered a tree for our Holiday Stroll as a gift from Jemez Pueblo. The Stroll begins at 4pm on Friday afternoon, with the tree lighting at 4:15. Drop by for this free event and see the other museums, too!

Address

710 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM
87505-7511

Ride the Santa Fe Trails 'M' line from the plaza to Museum Hill, or take the shuttle up from the downtown Railrunner stop.

General information

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is located on beautiful Museum Hill at 710 Camino Lejo off Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The museum is open Daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. May through October, and open Tuesdays through Sundays 10:00am to 5:00pm. November through April, Our admission prices are listed here http://www.indianartsandculture.org/hours . We are always free for youth and children 16 and under. Free for NM residents on Sundays and Free for NM seniors on Wednesday. Free Parking on Museum Hill. If you are looking for more information about the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, please visit http://www.indianartsandculture.org/.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(505) 476-1269

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Museum of Indian Arts and Culture posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Museum of Indian Arts and Culture:

Videos

Our Story

Nearby museums


Comments

I love Indian art
I love this art piece by Seidel Standing Elk.
Everyone Please Help us STOP The Contractors and development people from ..... Digging Up Native Indian Burials at The ALAMO In San Antonio Tx! We're Having a Rally and Protest on Dec 8th please get Involved!! This Is SACRED LAND!!!
Good find.
Just some of the beautiful woven rugs/mats I've have the privelage to work on. Hope you enjoy!!
I am interested in purchasing these signed lithographs but have no idea of the value. Can you help? They are in an antique sore and I love them, but don’t love the price.
Amamos esse lugar! Lindo demais!
People should learn the truth about your cultures.
Native American artwork deserves some respect. This is an honor to Native Americans. Always show tact for artwork, including your own.