Unpacking Culture: Art and Commodity in Colonial and Postcolonial Worlds Paperback – Jan 30 1999
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While North America is most strongly represented (Inuit, Karuk, Lakota, Pueblo, NWC, Huron), other areas include Sepik art of PNG, printed images from India, batak textiles of Indonesia, Samburu and Mangbetu arts from Africa, Chinese textiles, and Marquesan carvings and tapa cloth. While questions of authenticity and commodification are (unsurprisingly) central to most of the discussions, they do not overwhelm nor do they seem completely dated. One of my favorite pieces, "My Father's Business" by Frank Ettawageshik, provides a rarely available Native perspective on the trade.