Indigenous Aesthetics / Edition 1

Indigenous Aesthetics / Edition 1

by Steven Leuthold
     
 

What happens when a Native or indigenous person turns a video camera on his or her own culture? Are the resulting images different from what a Westernized filmmaker would create, and, if so, in what ways? How does the use of a non-Native art-making medium, specifically video or film, affect the aesthetics of the Native culture?

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What happens when a Native or indigenous person turns a video camera on his or her own culture? Are the resulting images different from what a Westernized filmmaker would create, and, if so, in what ways? How does the use of a non-Native art-making medium, specifically video or film, affect the aesthetics of the Native culture?

These are some of the questions that underlie this rich study of Native American aesthetics, art, media, and identity. Steven Leuthold opens with a theoretically informed discussion of the core concepts of aesthetics and indigenous culture and then turns to detailed examination of the work of American Indian documentary filmmakers, including George Burdeau and Victor Masayesva, Jr. He shows how Native filmmaking incorporates traditional concepts such as the connection to place, to the sacred, and to the cycles of nature. While these concepts now find expression through Westernized media, they also maintain continuity with earlier aesthetic productions. In this way, Native filmmaking serves to create and preserve a sense of identity for indigenous people.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292747036
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1998
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Aesthetics and the Expression of Identity14
2Representation and Reception28
3Is There "Art" in Indigenous Aesthetics?45
4Native American Identities and Media64
5Expressive Antecedents of Native American Documentary78
6An Indigenous Media Aesthetic?108
7Visual Arts Documentaries131
8Performance Contexts and Collective Identity154
9Indigenous Aesthetics of Place183
Notes203
Filmography211
Bibliography217
Index231

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