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Native American Craft Tradition in a Contemporary World


Marcus Amerman
Rick Bartow
Harvey A. Begay
Doug Coffin
Richard Danay
Tony Jojola
Clara Neptune Keezer
James Little
Rosemary "Apple Blossom" Lonewolf
Truman Lowe
David Neel

Verma Nequatewa
The Ortiz Family
Norbert Peshlakai
Wendy Ponca
Al Q÷yawayma
Diego Romero
Preston Singletary
Richard Zane Smith
Roxanne Swentzell
C. S. Tarpley
Tim Tiger
Margaret Wood
Nathan Youngblood


Feather Basket
Wood, paint

Sculptor Truman Lowe (Winnebago) works within the craft tradition of his family, not so much the objects that he makes, but in the use of materials he incorporates into his work and the inspiration he draws from his surroundings. They practiced traditional crafts, such as leather work, basketry, beadwork and weaving, which helped foster a strong sense of shared experience and community identity.

Lowe shares his love of art as a teacher, mentor and advisor. He is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and over the years has served in an advisory capacity to The Detroit Institute of Art, Cincinnati Academy of Art, and the South Dakota Arts Council, among others. He has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions, including the White House Sculpture Exhibition, Minneapolis Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, and the Eitlejorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN.


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