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North American Indian Art : World of Art - David W. Penney

North American Indian Art

World of Art

Paperback Published: 10th June 2004
ISBN: 9780500203774
Number Of Pages: 232

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This timely new book surveys the artistic traditions of indigenous North America, from those of ancient cultures such as Adena, Hopewell, Mississippian, and Anasazi to the work of modern artists like Earnest Spybuck, Fred Kabotie, Dick West, T. C. Cannon, and Gerald McMaster. The text is organized geographically and draws upon the testimonies of oral tradition, Native American history, and the latest research in North American archaeology.

Recent art historical scholarship has helped restore, to a large degree, some understanding of the identities and cultural roles of Native American artists and the social contexts of the objects they created. Native American art is often discussed simply as a cultural production rather than the work of individual artists who made objects to fufill social and cultural purposes; this book focuses as much as possible on the artists themselves, their cultural identities, and the objects they made even when the names of the individual artists remain unrecoverable.

But this is not a book of artists' biographies. It seeks to inform a general readership about the history of Native American art with a lively narrative full of historical incident and illustrated with provocative and superlative works of art. It explores the tension between artistic continuities spanning thousands of years and the startlingly fresh innovations that resulted from specific historical circumstances. The narrative weaves together so-called "traditional" arts, "tourist" arts, and Native American art of today by taking the point of view of their particular and local histories-the artists, their communities, and audiences.

Among the many cultures included are: Arapaho, Athapascan, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Chumash, Hopi, Hupa/Karok, Inuit, Iroquois, Kwakiutl, Lakota, Miwok, Navajo, Ojibwa, Pomo, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Uypik, and Zuni. 

Industry Reviews

'A wonderful and consistently fascinating study ... especially revealing about the interplay between the indigenous artist and the colonial audience' - Scotland on Sunday

Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Ancient Woodlandsp. 26
Eastern Woodlandsp. 53
Southwestp. 79
Plainsp. 107
Far Westp. 127
Northwest Coastp. 141
Arctic and Subarcticp. 166
Artists of the Modern and Contemporary Worldp. 189
Mapsp. 213
Chronologyp. 218
Select Bibliographyp. 221
List of Illustrationsp. 226
Indexp. 230
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ISBN: 9780500203774
ISBN-10: 0500203776
Series: World of Art
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 10th June 2004
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1