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Find Images: Indigenous North, Central, and South American

These are image resources selected for their focus on indigenous art and visual culture of the Americas. Feel free to contact us with other suggestions.

Images posted on the Internet are protected by copyright laws — read the terms of use for any Web site before downloading images, even for educational purposes.


  • Image Databases, European Association of Mayanists
    “The European Association of Mayanists, Wayeb, is an academically oriented non-profit association that promotes Maya Studies in Europe. It was created in 1996 by a group of young scholars seeking to build academic contacts.”  Links are provided links to image collections and searchable databases.


Be sure to also check the VRC’s selection of Online Museum Collections.

  • Architecture, Restoration, And Imaging Of The Maya Cities Of Uxmal, Kabah, Sayil, And Labná
    A project of Charles S. Rhyne, Professor Emeritus, Reed College. “The main purpose of this web site is to make available more comprehensive visual documentation of these world famous Maya cities than has previously been available in print or on the web. I hope this will help viewers to explore these sites on their own, perhaps even to decide that this is one place on earth they absolutely must visit in person.”
  • Artstor (access limited to the CU community)
    Artstor  is a digital library of over one million “images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.” The VRC provides training and support in this valuable resource.
  • Dumbarton Oaks, Pre-Columbian Collection
    “The Pre-Columbian Collection includes objects created during three thousand years of history in Mesoamerica, the Andes, and the Intermediate Area of Latin America. Its holdings of over 700 objects include stone sculpture, ceramics, architectural panels, small metal objects and textiles.”
    “A photographic tour of sites in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras.” Photographs taken during Barbara McKenzie’s trips to archaeological sites in Mexico and Central America from 1995-2004.”
  • National Museum of the Native American
    “NMAI Collections Search, which includes a representative sample of NMAI’s object and historic photo collections.”
  • World Digital Library
    “The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.”
  • WorldImages, Pre-Columbian
    Collections include Pre-Columbian: Andean; Pre-Columbian: Central American & Amazon; Pre-Columbian: Mesoamerican; and Pre-Columbian: Maya. From California State University.
  • WorldImages, Native American
    Collections include Native American: Paleo-Indian & Archaic; Native American: Southwestern; Native American: Pacific Coast & Alaska; Native American: Eastern & Southeastern; Native American: Great Plains; Representations of Native Americans. From California State University.

You might also wish to search for relevant content on the following VRC pages: