Material Vernaculars

Material Vernaculars : Objects, Images, and Their Social Worlds

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The role of objects and images in everyday life are illuminated incisively in Material Vernaculars, which combines historical, ethnographic, and object-based methods across a diverse range of material and visual cultural forms. The contributors to this volume offer revealing insights into the significance of such practices as scrapbooking, folk art produced by the elderly, the wedding coat in Osage ceremonial exchanges, temporary huts built during the Jewish festival of Sukkot, and Kiowa women's traditional roles in raiding and warfare. While emphasizing local vernacular culture, the contributors point to the ways that culture is put to social ends within larger social networks and within the stream of history. While attending to the material world, these case studies explicate the manner in which the tangible and intangible, the material and the meaningful, are constantly entwined and more

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  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.53mm | 549g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 77 color illus.
  • 0253022932
  • 9780253022936

About Jason Baird Jackson

Jason Baird Jackson is Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and Professor of Folklore Studies in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University more

Table of contents

Material Vernaculars: An Introduction / Jason Baird Jackson1. Searching for Home in the Ephemeral Architecture of the Sukkah / Gabrielle A. Berlinger2. (Not) Going Public: Mediating Reception and Managing Visibility in Contemporary Scrapbook Performance / Danille Elise Christensen3. Depictions of Women and Warfare in Kiowa Drawings from Fort Marion: Reassessing Nineteenth Century Kiowa Gender Roles / Michael Paul Jordan4. Life-Story Objects: Folk Art and Aging in Indiana / Jon Kay5. Chiefs, Brides, and Drum Keepers: Material Culture, Ceremonial Exchange, and Osage Community Life / Daniel C. Swan and Jim CooleyList of ContributorsIndexshow more