Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

Join our ongoing celebration of the artistry and cultures of America’s Indigenous peoples. From the museum’s permanent collection to programs and educational content, there are many opportunities to learn about the art, artists, and cultural contributions that represent the past, present, and future of Native American heritage.

Native American Art

Online and in the Galleries

Explore a diverse collection of Native American artwork that spans geography, media, cultures, and time—from prehistoric to contemporary.

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Permanent Collection

Click to learn more about Collection Story | Words Matter & Untold History

Collection Story | Words Matter & Untold History

Words Matter underscores the diversity of contemporary Native experiences, highlighting artists who combine text and image to chronicle tragedies of history and to convey messages of hope, humor, survival, and prosperity. Untold History showcases Indigenous comic book and graphic novel artists and writers who meld contemporary culture with their rich heritage and identity.

Click to learn more about Collection Story | American Land, American People

Collection Story | American Land, American People

Native peoples’ philosophies on land insist that land and people are inseparable parts of a living spirit. The arrival of Europeans, however, introduced a diametrically opposing worldview based in their interpretations of Christianity and expansionism. Presented in pairings across time and space, the works here serve to visualize these perspectives and remind us that land is much more than the soil beneath our feet.

Events & Programs

Activities & Resources

Click to explore Resource | Native American Artists at VMFA

Resource | Native American Artists at VMFA

VMFA has a collection of Native American art that features works from across time and place. The works showcased here represent diverse subject matter and media. Objects in the collection are presented together in the Evans Court Gallery and in the American Art Galleries highlighting under-recognized narratives in American history.

Related Videos


Artist Talk: Raven Custalow

In April 2021, Raven Custalow, a Virginia artist of Mattaponi and Rappahannock ancestry and an enrolled member of the Mattaponi tribe, joined VMFA for a discussion about her artwork.



Community Conversation: The Natural Bridge and the Monacan Indian Nation

This fascinating conversation, inspired by the 2021 exhibition Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art, included Monacan tribe member Victoria Ferguson and her husband, Dean Ferguson. Also read a related blog post that VMFA published in April 2021.



Hear My Voice YouTube Playlist

The playlist showcases works of art, artist profiles, and an artists’ panel discussion related to the 2017 exhibition at VMFA.



Taste of Art | Wines from the Pacific Northwest: Oregon & Washington

Explore two wines from Oregon and Washington. Thomas Bjornsen of Roanoke Valley Wine joins VMFA’s Liz Skirpan, Amuse Manager, and Celeste Fetta, Director of Education. Wine from the two locales are paired with related works of art from the museum’s permanent collection.


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