Indigenous Aesthetics / Edition 1

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Overview

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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What People Are Saying

Tom Holm
L euthold has captured an understanding of Native life that is rarely presented to the outside world. . . . His book is a real 'eye-opener' for those who love but don't really understand artistic creativity. It is an equally significant introduction to Native American filmmaking and to Indian art in general.
Tom Holm, Professor of American Indian Studies, University of Arizona
Tom Holm
L euthold has captured an understanding of Native life that is rarely presented to the outside world. . . . His book is a real 'eye-opener' for those who love but don't really understand artistic creativity. It is an equally significant introduction to Native American filmmaking and to Indian art in general.
Tom Holm
L euthold has captured an understanding of Native life that is rarely presented to the outside world. . . . His book is a real 'eye-opener' for those who love but don't really understand artistic creativity. It is an equally significant introduction to Native American filmmaking and to Indian art in general.
-- Tom Holm, Professor of American Indian Studies, University of Arizona
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292747036
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Aesthetics and the Expression of Identity 14
2 Representation and Reception 28
3 Is There "Art" in Indigenous Aesthetics? 45
4 Native American Identities and Media 64
5 Expressive Antecedents of Native American Documentary 78
6 An Indigenous Media Aesthetic? 108
7 Visual Arts Documentaries 131
8 Performance Contexts and Collective Identity 154
9 Indigenous Aesthetics of Place 183
Notes 203
Filmography 211
Bibliography 217
Index 231
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