#InkaRoad opens June 26, 2015! Khipu were Inka recording devices made of wool or cotton strings knotted in various ways and sometimes dyed different colors. They were composed of a primary cord from which hang secondary cords that carry the information. Khipu were used to record census reports, the movement of goods and people, historical events, and religious and military information. Inka khipu, AD 1400–1600. Nasca region, Peru. Cotton, 103 x 48 cm. NMAI 17/8825
Sarah Sockbeson, Basket, brown ash, sweetgrass, and antler, 4 x 3 1/2 inches; on view in "You Can’t Get There From Here: The 2015 Portland Museum of Art Biennial," Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME, October 8, 2015 - January 3, 2016.
Sculpture: Bobby Koeuna (Bering Strait Inupiaq, King Island), miniature mask and stand. Alaska, 1980–90. Ivory, sinew, owl feather/feathers, ink; 20 x 16 x 4 cm. NMAI 25/9998, transferred from the Indian Arts and Crafts Board Collection, Department of the Interior. Photo by R.A. Whiteside, NMAI. To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, every day in November the museum will highlight an illustration from the museum's collections.