Tunic and Leggings, late 19th century. Tlingit, Chilkat, Klukwan, Alaska. Cedar bark, wool, metal cones. Diker no. 795. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Drawn from the celebrated Native American art collection of Charles and Valerie Diker, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection features 118 masterworks representing tribes and First Nations across the North American continent. It is the first traveling exhibition drawn from this collection and showcases a number of recent acquisitions never seen before by the public.

Indigenous Beauty highlights Native North American artists whose visionary creativity and technical mastery have helped preserve cultural values across generations. The exhibition includes artists from many tribes and nations, each the product of complex and intertwined histories, and the captivating objects they created convey the extraordinary breadth and variety of Native American experience in North America.

Indigenous Beauty shows both the deep historical roots of Native art and its dynamism, emphasizing the living cultures and traditions of Native American groups through to the contemporary era.


Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection is organized by the American Federation of Arts. The exhibition was made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor, the JFM Foundation, and Mrs. Donald Cox. The exhibition in Atlanta is made possible through generous support from the Thalia N. Carlos and Chris M. Carlos Foundation, Inc., and the Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Foundation, Inc.