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Shapeshifting : transformations in Native American art  Cover Image Book Book

Shapeshifting : transformations in Native American art

Kramer, Karen, 1971- (Added Author). Berlo, Janet Catherine. (Added Author). Ash-Milby, Kathleen E. (Added Author). Peabody Essex Museum (Added Author).

Summary: Public perception of Native American art and culture has often been derived from misunderstandings and misinterpretations, and from images promulgated by popular culture. Typically, Native Americans are grouped as a whole and their art and culture considered part of the past rather than widely present. This work challenges these assumptions by focusing on the objects as art rather than cultural or anthropological artifacts and on the multivalent creativity of Native American artists. The approach highlights the inventive contemporaneity that existed in all periods and continues today. More than 75 works in a wide range of media and scale are organized into four thematic groups: changing, expanding the imagination; knowing, expressing worldview; locating, exploring identity and place; and voicing, engaging the individual. The result is a paradigm shift in understanding Native American art.

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  • ISBN: 9780875772233
  • ISBN: 0875772234
  • ISBN: 9780300177329
  • ISBN: 0300177321
  • Physical Description: print
    244 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm
  • Publisher: Salem, Mass. : Peabody Essex Museum ; New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, 2012.

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General Note:
Catalog of an exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass., Jan. 14-Apr. 29, 2012.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Raising the bar / Karen Kramer Russell -- Expected evolution: the changing continuum / Bruce Bernstein -- Time-honored expression: the knowing of native objects / Joe D. Horse Capture -- A shore without a horizon: locating by looking anew / Jessica L. Horton -- Voicing: individuality, creativity, repetition, and change / Janet Catherine Berlo -- Famous long ago / Paul Chaat Smith.
Subject: Indian art North America Exhibitions
Shapeshifting Exhibitions
Shapeshifting Exhibitions
Indian art
North America
Native Americans North America Art
Native American art
Genre: Exhibition catalogs.

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Lummi Library N 6538 .A4 S53 2012 280483 Stacks Available -

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