Victoria Wyatt

Victoria Wyatt
Associate Professor
Art History and Visual Studies
Office: Fine Arts 123

BA (Kenyon), MA, M Phil, PhD (Yale)

Area of expertise

North American Native arts and ethnohistorical photographs

Areas of research

  • Native North American Art and History
  • Ethnohistorical photographs, oral history and non-written sources
  • Native-white relations in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and the Canadian North, and their reflections in cultural expression
  • Contemporary indigenous artistic activities
  • Paradigm shifts in natural sciences and their applicability to First Nations art history

Brief biography

Dr. Victoria Wyatt is an associate professor in the field of indigenous arts of North America, with a specialization in First Nations arts of the Northwest Coast. She earned her PhD at Yale University (1985). Her teaching, publications and curatorial works have pertained to art works, historical photographs, and oral history. Her courses cover indigenous arts in most regions in North America, exploring themes such as spirituality, relationships with the environment, diversity and complexity. Upper level undergraduate and graduate seminars address issues such as representations of indigenous arts. Dr. Wyatt has a keen interest in interdisciplinary collaboration. She has served on national science commissions making public policy recommendations. One of her current research interests relates to how recent shifts in methodology in the natural sciences may prove fruitful to studies of First Nations arts. 

Selected bibliography


1989 Images From The Inside Passage: An Alaskan Portrait by Winter and Pond. University of Washington Press, [Distributed by Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, B.C. under the title Images from the Inside Passage: A Northern Portrait by Winter and Pond] 

1984 Shapes of Their Thoughts: Reflections of Culture Contact in Northwest Coast Indian Art. University of Oklahoma Press & Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, 1984.


1994 " Alaska and Hawai'i," in The Oxford History of the American West (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994), pp. 564-601. 

1993 "Art and Exploration: The Responses of Northwest Coast Native Artists to Maritime Explorers and FurTraders," in Robin Fisher and Hugh Johnson, eds., From Maps to Metaphors: The Pacific World of George Vancouver (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1993):176-190. 

1992 "Interpreting the Balance of Power: A Case Study of Photographer and Subject in Images of Native Americans," in Exposure Vol. 28, No. 3, pp. 21-31.