Honoring the Legacy of Lewis and Clark:
Native American Art and
the Nineteenth Century American West

January 11 – March 2, 2003

Honoring the Legacy of Lewis and Clark: Native American Art and the Nineteenth Century American West pays homage to Native American art and culture with objects from the Museum’s permanent collection and private loans

The Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804–1806 encountered many Native American groups as it traversed the prairie, plains, and plateau country, finally arriving at the northwest coast. The American West, opened by Lewis and Clark, was visited not only by explorers but also by photographers and artists, who recorded the landscape and its inhabitants. These images were disseminated in prints, books, and photographs, expanding our country’s knowledge of its vast frontier.

Trade between Native Americans and Europeans was well established in some areas by the early nineteenth century. Lewis and Clark carried glass beads popular with Native American women for use in their arts. Dating from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, this selection of objects offers evidence that the native peoples encountered by Lewis and Clark maintained their traditional styles and methods of production nearly one hundred years later, incorporating native and trade materials.


On view will be beaded garments from the Plains and Prairie peoples, basketry utilizing local fibers crafted by peoples of the plateau, and Native American objects that show the effect of continued contact with Euro-Americans.

The University of Virginia Art Museum is located at 155 Rugby Road, one block from the Rotunda. Admission is free. Public hours are 1:00-5:00, Tuesday through Sunday.


Complementing these works are prints by George Catlin and Karl Bodmer showing images of the land and people, on loan from the A. G. Edwards Corporate Collection through the sponsorship of the Charlottesville office.


Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center

National Council of the
Lewis and Clark Bicentennial