Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women’s Dresses showcases the world-renowned collection of Native American dresses held by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The book, edited by award-winning beadwork artist and NMAI curator Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota), presents a fascinating array of Native women’s clothing from the Plains, Plateau, and Great Basin regions of the United States and Canada, dating from the 1830s to the present. The beautiful creations included in this book reveal the artistic vision of many individual makers as well as different regional styles and tribal designs. These dresses, shawls, moccasins, and accessories reflect Native history and identity during a time of intense social and cultural change.
He was an
instructor in creative writing and Native American literature at San Diego State University and at the Institute of American
Indian Arts in Santa Fe in 1974; at Navajo Community College in Tsaile, Arizona, from 1975 to 1977; at the College of
Marin in Kentfield, California, from 1976 to 1979; and at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque from 1979 to 1981.
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The museum’s holdings are rich in examples of Native ceramics from throughout the Western Hemisphere, stretching across forty centuries to the present day. In this book, four scholars introduce important and little-known ceramic figures and vessels representing the cultures of the Andes, Mexico, the American Southwest, and the eastern United States. Extensively illustrated with beautiful new photographs of objects from the museum’s collections, including many pieces published here for the first time, Born of Clay brings curatorial and Native artistic perspectives together to present a lively and concise introduction to Native American ceramics.
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In this book, which grew out of a landmark NMAI symposium in 1995, Native and non-Native scholars and museum professionals explore issues concerning the representation of Indians and their cultures by museums in North America. Traditional museum exhibitions of Native American art and culture often represented only the past, ignoring the living Native voice. Today, museums have begun to incorporate the Native perspective in their displays. Even more dramatic is the increasing number of Indian-run museums. These essays explore the relationships being forged between museums and Native communities to create new techniques for presenting Native American culture.
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Debunking common myths and providing information about everything from katsina dolls to casinos and Pocahontas to powwows, Native staff members at the National Museum of the American Indian have handled a wide array of questions over the years. This book presents nearly 100 of their answers. Written by an all-Native team of writers and researchers, this accessible and informative book counters deeply embedded stereotypes while providing a lively introduction to diverse Native histories and contemporary cultures.
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Essays on Native Modernism: Complexity and Contradiction in American Indian Art, which grew out of a symposium held by NMAI in May 2005, explores the legacies of George Morrison (Grand Portage Band of Chippewa, 1919–2000) and Allan Houser (Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache, 1914–1994)—two giants of 20th-century art—as well as investigates the basis of a Native modernism by eliciting a broad discussion about the critical perspectives and practices of Native artists across North America. Also examined is the place of Native modernism in the canon of American art and the currents of influence between them.