Tales of Ghosts: First Nations Art in British Columbia, 1922-61 by Ronald W. HawkerTales of Ghosts: First Nations Art in British Columbia, 1922-61 by Ronald W. Hawker

Tales of Ghosts: First Nations Art in British Columbia, 1922-61

byRonald W. Hawker

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The years between 1922 and 1961, often referred to as the "DarkAges of Northwest Coast art," have largely been ignored by arthistorians, and dismissed as a period of artistic decline. Tales ofGhosts compellingly reclaims this era, arguing that it was insteada critical period during which the art played an important role inpublic discourses on the status of First Nations people in Canadiansociety.

Hawker’s insightful examination focuses on the complexfunctions that Northwest Coast objects, such as the ubiquitous totempole, played during the period. He demonstrates how these objectsasserted the integrity and meaningfulness of First Nations identities,while simultaneously resisting the intent and effects of assimilationenforced by the Canadian government’s denial of land claims, itsban of the potlatch, and its support of assimilationist education.

Those with an interest in First Nations and Canadian history and arthistory, anthropology, museology, and post-colonial studies will bedelighted by the publication of this major contribution to theirfields.

About The Author

Ronald W. Hawker is an assistant professor, Department of Art and Design, Zayed University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Title:Tales of Ghosts: First Nations Art in British Columbia, 1922-61Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.97 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:July 1, 2003Language:English

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Table of Contents

Illustrations

Acknowledgments

 

1 Introduction

2 The Cranmer Potlatch and Indian Agent Halliday’s Display

3 Totem Poles in Stanley Park

4 Northwest Coast Art as National Heritage: Two Federal Projects ofthe Late 1920s

5 The New Deals: George Raley and Depression-era Reform in BritishColumbia

6 Alice Ravenhill and the BCIAWS

7 Mathias Joe, Mungo Martin, and George Clutesi: "Art" asResistance

8 UBC, the BCPM, and the Totem Pole Carver Training Program

9 The Totem Pole Preservation Committee and the Case of theGitanyow

10 Tales of Ghosts That Hover in the World Like Fading Smoke

 

Appendices:

A Map showing First Nations groups in British Columbia

B Chronology of First Nations art in British Columbia, 1921-61

 

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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The years between 1922 and 1961, often referred to as the "DarkAges of Northwest Coast art," have largely been ignored by arthistorians, and dismissed as a period of artistic decline. Tales ofGhosts compellingly reclaims this era, arguing that it was insteada critical period during which the art played an important role inpublic discourses on the status of First Nations people in Canadiansociety. Those with an interest in First Nations and Canadian historyand art history, anthropology, museology, and post-colonial studieswill be delighted by the publication of this major contribution totheir fields.