By Blake Gopnik
Luckily, the opposite is also true. Even if it can't change the world, powerful art stands as a symbol for the possibility of other kinds of power. And that's doubly true for art by native peoples, who start with the deck so stacked against them.
Among the works in "Vantage Point," the following struck me as particularly empowered and empowering.
--"Tire," made by Joe Feddersen, a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, in 2003.
For more on the exhibit, see Vantage Point at NMAI. For more on contemporary Native art, see Innovations at Indian Market and Defying Expectations with Native Art.