The way people and their landscapes are depicted in art can depend on the worldview of the artist and the society to which he or she belongs. For example, the word "native" applied by newcomers to the indigenous people of a land can have positive or negative connotations or both. Images of "natives" in art are similarly complex.

These paintings of Canadian First Nations people are from very different eras. One is by an early 20th century white artist, the other by a modern Coast Salish artist.
Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores; Department of Canadian Heritage; U.S. Department of State
The Winnipeg Art Gallery; Canadian Museum of Civilization, Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Instito Nacional de Bellas Artes, Smithsonian American Art Museum

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