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Contemporary Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang wove together photographic negatives and prints of his family’s Montana ranch to design a variation on a traditional war shirt. (Walter Larrimore, National Museum of the American Indian)

Highlights From “Infinity of Nations”

A new exhibition explores thousands of years of artwork from the Native nations of North, Central and South America

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War Shirt
(Maura McCarthy)
Contemporary Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang wove together photographic negatives and prints of his family’s Montana ranch to design a variation on a traditional war shirt. Historically, these handmade garments honored one’s family and culture as well as personal identity. Spang’s contemporary interpretation is the second in a series of three produced in 2003. The shirt is displayed prominently in the final gallery of “Infinity of Nations,” which contains contemporary artwork from Native artists throughout the Americas.

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