Native North American Art

Native North American Art

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This is a survey of native North American art history which fully incorporates substantive research and scholarship, and examines 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, it shows the importance of the visual arts in maintaining the integrity of spiritual, social, political and economic systems within native North American societies. The book 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 a 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 more

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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 175.26 x 241.3 x 25.4mm | 861.82g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 53 colour plates, 104 b&w halftones, 16 line drawings, 8 maps, bibliography, index
  • 0192842668
  • 9780192842664

About Janet Catherine Berlo

About the authors 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, Canadashow more

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"The best guide yet to understanding the complexities of Native North American art....a solidly ground, sophisticated history, combining art history, anthropology, and cultural studies...splendidly well-written...useful and timely."--Gerald McMaster, Curator of Art, Canadian Museum of Civilizationshow more

Table of contents

1: An Introduction to the Indigenous Arts of North America. 2: The Southwest. 3: The East. 4: The West. 5: The North. 6: The Northwest Coast. 7: The Twentieth Century: Trends in Modern Native Art. Notes, List of Illustrations, Bibliographic Essay, Timeline, Indexshow more

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