Art of the American Indian Frontier: A Portfolio

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The art contained in this portfolio—all from the renowned Chandler-Pohrt Collection—includes colorful men’s and women’s clothing, buckskin and porcupine quill bags, woven sashes, jewelry, smoking pipes, and other decorative and ceremonial objects, all made between 1800 and 1920. The design and craftsmanship are witness to the creative spirit that endured even in the face of continual governmental attempts at forced assimilation. Replete with twenty-four beautifully printed, unbound, full-color plates, Art of the...
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Overview


The art contained in this portfolio—all from the renowned Chandler-Pohrt Collection—includes colorful men’s and women’s clothing, buckskin and porcupine quill bags, woven sashes, jewelry, smoking pipes, and other decorative and ceremonial objects, all made between 1800 and 1920. The design and craftsmanship are witness to the creative spirit that endured even in the face of continual governmental attempts at forced assimilation. Replete with twenty-four beautifully printed, unbound, full-color plates, Art of the American Indian Frontier opens the door to the rich world of North American Woodlands and Plains Indian art.
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This affordable portfolio presentation is derived from the catalog (published by the U. of Washington Press) of the 1992 touring exhibition of the Chandler-Pohrt Native American collection, Detroit Institute of Arts. Curator Penney selected 24 pieces from the exhibition that best represent "change and continuity" in American Indian art. These pieces are reproduced individually on stiff, glossy stock and are accompanied by a booklet that provides an overview of the collection and description of each plate. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565842519
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Edition description: PORTFOLIO
  • Pages: 24
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author


David W. Penney is Vice President of Museum Programs and Curator of Native American Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Founded in 1885, the Detroit of Institute Arts (DIA) has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. The DIA’s collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. Art of the American Indian Frontier: A Portfolio (The New Press) presents DIA’s Chandler-Pohrt collection of nineteenth-century Native American art from the North American Woodlands, Prairie, and Plains.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Preface 13
Introduction: Art of the American Indian Frontier 19
Expressions of Ethnicity: Nineteenth-Century Dress 28
Metonym and Metaphor: Public and Private Meanings in Sculpture, Engraving, and Painting 55
American Indian Dress: The Techniques of Ethnic Expression
Woodlands and Prairies
Clothing Accessories of the Early Nineteenth Century: Porcupine Quill and Buckskin 69
Early Finger-Woven Textiles 74
Heddle-Woven Garters and Sashes 80
Warp-Faced Twined Bags 84
Great Lakes and Midwest Dress, 1830-1850 87
Embroidery of the Southeast before 1850 97
Early Loom-Woven Beadwork 101
Turbans and Bearclaw Necklaces 107
Synthesis and Innovation: The Prairie Style, 1860-1900 114
Later Woven Beadwork 120
Later Twined and Finger-Woven Textiles 126
Formal Dress at the Close of the Nineteenth Century 136
Plains
Early Dress of the "Upper Missouri Style" 149
Early Seed Bead Embroidery: The Emergence of Tribal Style 155
Parfleche: Rawhide Painting 167
Between Cultures: Dress of the Red River Metis 172
Later Dress and Decorative Arts of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Kiowa 178
Later Dress and Decorative Arts of the Sioux 186
Later Dress and Decorative Arts of the Crow and the "Transmontane Style" 195
Later Dress and Decorative Arts of the Northwest Plains: Mandan, Blackfeet, and Gros Ventre 204
The Measure of Men: Feather Bonnets 215
Objects and Images
Great Lakes and Prairies
Exchanges of Trust 223
Weapons of War 227
Smoking Pipes: Pleasing the Spirits 232
Tools as Sculpture 237
Vessels and Utensils: Bowls and Spoons 240
Images as Effigies 246
The Language of Pictographs 251
Plains
Clubs and Coup Sticks 261
Elk Antler Quirts 264
The Gift of Red Stone: Plains Smoking Pipes 267
Feasts for Power: Bowls and Spoons 273
Visionary Painting 279
Pictographs as History 288
The Miami War Pipe 295
A Collector's Life: A Memoir of the Chandler-Pohrt Collection 299
Richard A. Pohrt 323
Collecting and the Meanings of Collections 338
Bibliography 353
Index 357
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