9780192842183

Native North American Art

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    9780192842183

  • ISBN10:

    0192842188

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-11-19
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

This exciting new investigation explores the indigenous arts of the US and Canada from the early pre-contact period to the present day, stressing the conceptual and iconographic continuities over five centuries and across an immensely diverse range of regions. The richness of Native American art is emphasized through discussions of basketry, wood and rock carvings, dance masks, and beadwork, alongside the contemporary vitality of paintings and installations by modern artists such as Robert Davidson, Emmi Whitehorse, and Alex Janvier. Authors Berlo and Philips fully incorporate substantive new research and scholarship, and examine such issues as gender, representation, the colonial encounter, and contemporary arts. By encompassing both the sacred and secular, political and domestic, the ceremonial and commercial, Native North American Art shows the importance of the visual arts in maintaining the integrity of spiritual, social , political, and economic systems within Native North American societies.

Author Biography


Janet Catherine Berlo is the Susan B. Anthony Chair of Gender and Women's Studies and Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester, New York.
Ruth Phillips is Director of the Museum of Anthropology and Professor of Fine Art and Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 An Introduction to the Indigenous Arts of North America
1(36)
Art history and Native art
3(4)
What is `art'? Western discourses and Native American objects
7(2)
Modes of appreciation: curiosity, specimen, artefact, and art
9(8)
What is an Indian? Clan, community, political structure, and art
17(4)
Cosmology
21(1)
The map of the cosmos
22(2)
The nature of spirit
24(1)
Dreams and the vision quest
25(1)
Shamanism
26(1)
Art and the public celebration of power
26(1)
The power of personal adornment
27(1)
`Creativity is our tradition': innovation and tradition in Native American art
28(4)
Gender and the making of art
32(5)
Chapter 2 The Southwest
37(34)
The Southwest as a region
37(3)
The ancient world
40(7)
From the colonial era to the modern Pueblos
47(13)
Navajo and Apache arts
60(11)
Chapter 3 The East
71(36)
The East as a region
71(3)
Hunting cultures, burial practices, and Early Woodlands art forms
74(5)
Mississippian art and culture
79(7)
The cataclysm of contact: the Southeast
86(2)
The early contact period in the Northeast
88(2)
Arts of the middle ground
90(4)
Arts of self-adornment
94(13)
Chapter 4 The West
107(32)
Introduction
107(5)
The Great Plains
112(18)
The Intermontaine region-an artistic crossroads
130(3)
The Far West: arts of California and the Great Basin
133(6)
Chapter 5 The North
139(34)
Geography, environment, and language in the North
142(2)
Sub-arctic clothing: art to honour and protect
144(8)
The Arctic
152(21)
Chapter 6 The Northwest Coast
173(36)
Origins
173(8)
The early contact period
181(2)
Styles and techniques
183(5)
Western connoisseurship and Northwest Coast art
188(2)
Shamanism
190(4)
Crest art
194(4)
The potlatch
198(4)
Art, commodity, and oral tradition
202(2)
Northwest Coast art in the twentieth century
204(5)
Chapter 7 The Twentieth Century: Trends in Modern Native Art
209(31)
Questions of definition
209(1)
Commoditization and contemporary art
210(3)
Moments of beginning
213(2)
The Southern Plains and the Kiowa Five
215(2)
The Southwest and the `Studio' style
217(1)
The display and marketing of American Indian art: exhibitions, mural projects, and competitions
218(2)
Native American modernisms, 1950-80
220(7)
Institutional frameworks and modernisms in Canada
227(7)
Postmodernism, installation, and other post-studio art
234(6)
Notes 240(7)
List of Illustrations
247(7)
Bibliographic Essay 254(20)
Timeline 274(8)
Index 282

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