Special Philanthropic Projects

American Art Form: A Century of Zuni and Navajo Jewelry

Amerind is home to one of the largest and best documented Zuni and Navajo jewelry collections in the world. The donation was made by one remarkable family and includes thousands upon thousands of jewelry pieces created by artisans and masters from the late 19th through 20th century. Those jewelers pioneered a uniquely American art form that thrust Indigenous design and vision onto a global stage.

Our newest main museum exhibit, American Art Form, debuts a small fraction of this amazing jewelry collection. There are many plans for the collection in the years ahead from more Indigenous artist talks and residencies through new facility considerations to expand archival storage and Amerind programming.

No museum in America can do its work without a community of people who care about learning, sharing traditions, and safeguarding knowledge for future generations. You supported bringing this transformative collection to Amerind; you can be a part of sharing the countless stories of the Indigenous artists represented in the collection.

Among our plans and specific ways that community support will help Amerind advance the new collection.

  • $250,000 launches American Art Form traveling exhibit design and management
  • $100,000 supports archival work for the documents
  • $25,000 provides two years of community outreach presentations
  • $10,000 will enhance educational materials to deepen learning for all ages
  • $5,000 supports an annual month-long competitive Indigenous artist residency program
  • $2,500 opens scholarly efforts and discoveries from the new collection
  • $250 supports the annual preservation of ten objects in our collection