A University of Minnesota study suggests that, if assisted, Native American artists could become a major economic asset to the state.
Demographer Ann Markusen and writer Marcie Rendon, an enrolled citizen at the White Earth Band, interviewed dozens of native artists.
Working alone means these artists often have to do everything from booking shows and publicity and finding educational opportunities in their field. All this while actually doing their creative work to pay the bills. There are also culturally specific challenges for some artists working with subjects and materials of spiritual significance.
The report concludes with several recommendations, including encouraging decision makers at galleries, museums, and even hotels and casinos to being more open to buying native art.