Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Steve Nyktas


"The complexity of the relationship between Native Americans and Western Americans is reflected in the visual culture of both societies, and in how it is displayed within the context of museums. The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is unique because it contains collections from both of these societies. It can be argued that displaying art from both societies in the same space only contributes to the colonial mindset because the voices of the Native Americans will be drowned out by the more dominant voices of the white settlers. I argue that the way that the Eiteljorg Museum presents their galleries and utilizes educational programming is beneficial in teaching all of the diverse perspectives of the American West. These diverse perspectives are too often excluded from history teaching requirements, which is why the Eiteljorg Museum serves as an excellent tool to teach the true stories of the American West through art and hands on learning."--Provided by the author.