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NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN ART [Paperback]

Janet Catherine Berlo , Ruth B. Phillips
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Sept. 1 1998 Oxford History of Art
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 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 Janvier.

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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 Civilization

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53 colour plates, numerous black and white halftones, 16 line drawings, 8 maps

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5.0 out of 5 stars a must-have, for all levels. Sept. 17 2003
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Berlo's and Phillips' erudite, critical voices are a welcome change from the often glossy, sales-driven world of Indian art writing. True to form, they have together crafted a sophisticated and highly readable survey of pre-contact, historic and contemporary Indian art, suitable for undergrads, grads, and the casual layperson. This book fills a HUGE gap, and stakes out a territory that few other scholars would dare venture; between connoisseurship, anthropology, visual culture and criticl theory. It is therefore to be expected that specialists of a particular region might take issue with some of their finer details. But specialist nit-picking misses the larger point of this book: to show how Native tribes across North America continued their cultural traditions despite colonialism and intertribal contact. It is a complex, interwoven history, but Indian art emerges, through this book, as one of the most vital, politically engaged arts in America today. This book sets the standard for Indian Art surveys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars superb one-book resource March 30 2003
By E Rice
Format:Hardcover
one book can only give the reader a brief overview of the wealth of american indian art. the traditional art (i don't acknowledge a split between art and craft) was produced by all the nations, spans pre-historic and historic eras, and has been collected for centuries. the contemporary art is flourishing and much is breathtaking. that being said, this book does a wonderful job of covering such an immense subject.
the only complaint i have is the relative paucity of photos. but i would feel that way if the book were nothing but photos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Quality Jan. 29 2013
By Erik
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it was very clean, there was no damage what so ever. Needed this book for a class, definitely the cheapest place.
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The book is a bit slow at first and seems to linger on certain topics but the overall images are better than other books on the same topic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must-have, for all levels. Sept. 17 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Berlo's and Phillips' erudite, critical voices are a welcome change from the often glossy, sales-driven world of Indian art writing. True to form, they have together crafted a sophisticated and highly readable survey of pre-contact, historic and contemporary Indian art, suitable for undergrads, grads, and the casual layperson. This book fills a HUGE gap, and stakes out a territory that few other scholars would dare venture; between connoisseurship, anthropology, visual culture and criticl theory. It is therefore to be expected that specialists of a particular region might take issue with some of their finer details. But specialist nit-picking misses the larger point of this book: to show how Native tribes across North America continued their cultural traditions despite colonialism and intertribal contact. It is a complex, interwoven history, but Indian art emerges, through this book, as one of the most vital, politically engaged arts in America today. This book sets the standard for Indian Art surveys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful photos, excellent overview of the subject April 26 2009
By Priscilla Stilwell - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was required for an Introduction to Native American Arts class that I took just for fun at school. It is an easy and interesting read, and the punctuation of gorgeous photographs of a wide range of art from all over the North American regions, makes it a pleasant experience. While I do not keep all of my textbooks, this is one that will remain in my collection as a reference and as one that I anticipate using as I research Native American cultures in upcoming classes.

My only criticism of this book is that "art" is by default, defined as only visual arts, rather than including performance, literary and musical arts. It is also only an overview, and will not provide a complete explanation of every type of Native American art tradition, or even represent every tribal group.

Quite honestly, I would recommend this book to anyone researching or studying Native American culture, history and/or tradition, since the art is much more interesting to many people, and the culture, history and tradition are such an important part of the art, reading about Native art will also give a good overview of the other subjects.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb one-book resource March 30 2003
By E Rice - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
one book can only give the reader a brief overview of the wealth of american indian art. the traditional art (i don't acknowledge a split between art and craft) was produced by all the nations, spans pre-historic and historic eras, and has been collected for centuries. the contemporary art is flourishing and much is breathtaking. that being said, this book does a wonderful job of covering such an immense subject.
the only complaint i have is the relative paucity of photos. but i would feel that way if the book were nothing but photos.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7 2014
By Carolyn Waters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Great book. Thank you.
4.0 out of 5 stars Native north american art June 28 2014
By Jürgen Lemke - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a present for one of my daughters; she liked it, as she wrote in her answer. She lives in Luxembourg and it was sent there.
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