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Shapeshifting

Transformations in Native American Art

by Karen Kramer Russell

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. "Shapeshifting" 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.

248 pp ~ illustrated 2012

 

 

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8030-017-732 hardcover $75.00 $63.75 $11.25 Buy
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ISBN: 0300177321
CATEGORY: Art & Art Instruction
PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
February 2012
 
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