What are some examples of Famous Native American Artists?

Ben Nighthorse Campbell (Northern Cheyenne, born 1933): Campbell’s jewelry combines Native American and Japanese traditions.

In addition to being a well-known jewelry designer, he is a distinguished U.S. Senator from Montana.

Harry Fonseca (Maidu, born 1946): Fonseca is best known for his humorous paintings of Coyote, a character in many Native American myths whose misadventures traditionally taught Indians lessons about good and bad behavior.

Shelley Niro (Mohawk, born 1954): Niro, a photographer and filmmaker, uses playful self-portraits to explore the world of modern Native American women.

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Flathead-Cree-Shoshone, born 1940): The famed painter Smith uses her art to protest the mistreatment of Indian peoples in the past and present.

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