Northeast Woodlands:
Selections from the Arter Collection

Beaded Apron

Unknown artist, Ojibwa, Beaded Apron, 19th century, Colored beads and ribbon on cloth. Courtesy of the Arter Collection.


In the Arter Corridor

Every two years Danforth Art is pleased to present a new installation of works on loan to the Museum from the Arter Collection; this Winter, we are exhibiting selections representing Northeast Woodland cultures, which will be on view through 2015. The Native American works in the Arter Collection are not only utilitarian objects, but are also striking works of art. Everyday objects—an apron, a vest, pairs of moccasins—display exquisitely crafted beadwork in expressive colors and patterns. Objects on view were used for both adornment and everyday life, and demonstrate the balance of functional objects with aesthetic symbolism. Works illustrate the tradition of nineteenth century objects produced for both personal and commercial use combined with examples of contemporary basketry that reveal the ways in which traditions continue.

About the Native American Program

The Native American Program is an integrated arts and social studies experience that connects with the Massachusetts Department of Education’s curriculum frameworks. Each year nearly 800 elementary-aged students from Framingham and surrounding communities visit Danforth Art for docent-led tours of the Native American collections, augmented by a hands-on studio art project led by Danforth Art faculty. This program explores the relationships between art, culture, geographic location, and natural resources.  Students will also consider how traditions are passed between generations as they look at artwork created by contemporary Native American artists Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and Duane Slick.

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