Omaha Powwow, 20th centuryNebraska State Historical Society Photograph Collections
Omaha Powwow, 20th century
Nebraska State Historical Society Photograph Collections

Survival and Revival of Plains Indian Art

Despite strong resistance, by the end of the 19th century Plains peoples were settled on reservations where Canadian and American governments endeavoured to suppress expressions of their traditional cultures. During this period, women contributed significantly to the survival of their cultures by producing tremendous amounts of fine beadwork. Since the 1970s, there has been a noticeable trend in many tribes to revitalize their own art traditions, including the revival of porcupine quillwork. Today, as in the past, outstanding artists derive recognition and prestige for their skills. The beauty of their creations is proof of the continued viability and vibrancy of traditional Plains cultures.