Native North American Art by Janet Catherine BerloNative North American Art by Janet Catherine Berlo

Native North American Art

byJanet Catherine Berlo, Ruth B. Phillips

Paperback | October 22, 1998

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An innovative survey of Native North American art history which fully incorporates substantive new 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. 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 isemphasized 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.
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 B. Phillips is Director of the Museum of Anthropology and Professor of Fine Art and Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Title:Native North American ArtFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.37 × 6.57 × 0.71 inPublished:October 22, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192842188

ISBN - 13:9780192842183

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Survey of NA Native Art is must-have This is a worthy textbook for a first-year university survey course. Berlo and Phillips, both recognized academics, have put together a compact and readable outline covering both the prehistoric and contact periods. They've managed to give a comprehensive picture which follows various traditions through time and space. Analysis is necessarily somewhat thin, but covers the essentials. The photographs are excellent and well selected. End Notes cite many of the trusted essential texts, and the Timeline and Index are well done and useful. Good value.
Date published: 2000-05-03

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to the Indigenous Arts of North America2. The Southwest3. The East4. The West5. The North6. The Northwest Coast7. The Twentieth Century: Trends in Modern Native ArtNotesList of IllustrationsBibliographic EssayTimelineIndex

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Native North American Art explores the importance of visual arts in maintaining the integrity of spiritual, social, political and economic systems in Native North American society. With discussions on basketry, wood and rock carvings, dance masks and beadwork, the book examines issues like gender and the colonial encounter within art. Encompassing the sacred and secular, political and domestic, Native North American Art is the best guide to this fascinating subject.

Editorial Reviews

"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 Civilization