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First Nations and Indigenous Art

This guide provides resources on topics related to First Nations and Indigenous art and visual and material culture.

Getting Started

To find a specific journal article, search for the article title or the journal title in UBC Library's Summon database.

To find journal articles on a specific topic in First Nations and Indigenous Art, search the journals listed below. 

Expand your search with other resources listed in the Databases section of this guide, the Canadian Art guide, and/or the Art History & Visual Art guide. 

More detailed instructions for searching can be found below. 

Select Publications

This is a selection of journals related to topics in First Nations and Indigenous Art in UBC Library holdings:

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Many of these journals are indexed in CBCA or Lexis-Nexis

For additional journal titles, see:

  • the Articles/Journals section of the Canadian Art research guide.
  • the Articles/Journals section of the Art History, Visual Art & Theory guide.
  • the instructions below on how to search for articles and journals. 

Find Journals

Print Journals @ UBC Library

To find a specific print journal, search the:

Recent issues of print journals are located in the Current Journals section on Level 3 of the Music, Art and Architecture Library. 

Older issues are located in the open stacks on Level 4 or in ASRS storage.


For other lists of print journals, search the UBC Library Catalogue using the following subject headings:

e-Journals @ UBC Library

To find a specific e-journal, search UBC Library's Print and Electronic Journals portal.

For a selective list of electronic art journals @ UBC, browse the online subject listing for: 

Open Access E-journals

Browse the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to find open digital collections of art magazines.

Indexes (Print & Online)

Current Awareness Tools

Exhibition and Event Listings for Indigenous and First Nations Art in Canada:

Muskrat Magazine

An online Canadian-based Indigenous Art and Culture magazine with articles on topics such as visual art, photography, the performing arts, and poetry, as well resources such as event listings, job postings, and a blog.

Canadian Art Agenda

Explore a listing of current and upcoming art exhibitions, from coast to coast. Search by:
(1) Province
(2) City / Town
(3) Schedule

Preview Magazine

Explore a listing of current art exhibitions being held in the Pacific Northwest (BC, Alberta, Washington, & Oregon).

Galleries West

Explore a listing of current art exhibitions being held in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Northern Canada. 

Want the latest issue of your favourite journal delivered to your inbox? 

Many ejournals provide TOC (Table of Contents) alerts and many databases provide search alerts.  For more information visit UBC Library's Current Awareness Tools guide. 

Below is a TOC feed from the latest issue of BC Studies, The British Columbian Quarterly journal:

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