By Sarah Fiorello

“Grounded,” a sculpture by Natani Notah ‘14, a member of the Navajo Nation, emphasizes connectivity in the pairing of unexpected elements, including Native beadwork, leather, and fiber. The artist focused on beadwork and carving to spark conversations about the role of the human hand in causing and responding to the climate crisis.

About the Artist

Natani Notah is an interdisciplinary artist and a proud member of the Navajo Nation. Her current art practice explores contemporary Native American identity through the lens of Diné womanhood. Notah has exhibited her work at institutions, such as apexart, New York City; NXTHVN, New Haven; Tucson Desert Art Museum, Tucson; Gas Gallery, Los Angeles; The Holland Project, Reno; Mana Contemporary, Chicago; Axis Gallery, Sacramento; SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, and elsewhere. Notah has received awards from Art Matters, International Sculpture Center, and the San Francisco Foundation.

Learn more about Natani Notah on her website.

Keeping Time with Changing Seasons

A kinetic installation of hanging sculptures located in the Nevin Welcome Center.

Past Exhibit

Ecological Calendars: Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change

Enabling people to continue their livelihood activities amid disruption due to climate change


Art and exhibits illustrate hope for climate resilience

Art, exhibits, and emerging knowledge come together at Cornell Botanic Gardens to express the ways in which Indigenous and rural communities around the world are adapting to disruptions caused by the climate crisis.