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Bold, inventive and highly graphic, the indigenous art of the Northwest Coast is distinguished by its sophistication and complexity. It is also composed of basically simple elements, which, guided by a rich mythology, create images of striking power. This indispensable and beautifully illustrated book is the first to introduce everyone, from the casual observer to the serious collector of Northwest Coast prints, to the forms, cultural background and structures of this highly imaginative art. The elements of style...
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Bold, inventive and highly graphic, the indigenous art of the Northwest Coast is distinguished by its sophistication and complexity. It is also composed of basically simple elements, which, guided by a rich mythology, create images of striking power. This indispensable and beautifully illustrated book is the first to introduce everyone, from the casual observer to the serious collector of Northwest Coast prints, to the forms, cultural background and structures of this highly imaginative art. The elements of style are introduced; the myths and legends which shape the motifs are interpreted; the stylistic differences between the major cultural groupings are defined and illustrated. Raven, Thunderbird, Killer Whale, Bear: all the traditional forms are here, deftly analyzed by a professional writer and artist who has a deep understanding of this powerful culture.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780295956459
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Pages: 111
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11
1 The Two-dimensional Art 15
2 The Basic Components 19
Form Line 19
Ovoid 19
Inner Ovoid 20
U Form 20
Split U Form 20
S Form 22
3 Anatomical Features 25
Body 25
Eyes 25
Nose 26
Ears 26
Eyebrows 26
Tongue 26
Arms, Legs, Hands, Feet, Claws 28
Bird Feathers, Tails and Wings 30
4 Structural Variations 33
Split Figures 33
Transformation Figures 34
A Design Fitted to a Given Shape 36
5 Identification of Design Motifs 41
Whale 42
Bear 43
Wolf 46
Mountain Goat 48
Otter 48
Beaver 50
Sea Lion 52
Seal 53
Eagle 54
Raven 57
Hawk 60
Hummingbird 62
Loon 63
Owl 64
Thunderbird 65
Frog 68
Sisiutl 70
Salmon 72
Dogfish 74
Halibut 76
Red Snapper 78
Bullhead 79
Sea Monster 80
Mosquito 81
Sun 82
Moon 84
Box Designs 86
Human 88
6 Cultural Styles 91
Coast Salish 91
West Coast (Nootka) 94
Kwagiutl 97
'Ksan 100
Haida 104
Tlingit 107
Bibliography 110
Index of Artists 111
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