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Sign Language: Contemporary Southwest Native America

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Sign Language, Contemporary Southwest Native America. Photographs by Skeet McAuley; Introduction by N. Scott Momaday; Traditional Navajo Stories by Mike Mitchell; Essays by Luci Tapahonso and Martha A. Sandweiss. Part anthropology, part oral history, Sign Languages takes a daring and unsentimental look at the plight of the land in America and its Native American People. 50 fourcolor photographs, 11 1/8 X 9 1/8, pages..

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Sign Language, Contemporary Southwest Native America. Photographs by Skeet McAuley; Introduction by N. Scott Momaday; Traditional Navajo Stories by Mike Mitchell; Essays by Luci Tapahonso and Martha A. Sandweiss. Part anthropology, part oral history, Sign Languages takes a daring and unsentimental look at the plight of the land in America and its Native American People. 50 fourcolor photographs, 11 1/8 X 9 1/8, pages..

"Skeet McAuley (who is not a Native American) has used his considerable talents as a photographer to create a collection of images that have a unique duality combining the informality of snapshots with a perceptive eye for catching those juxtapositions. These tell us that this is indeed 'Contemporary Southwest Native America.'"

Bryce Milligan, San Antonio Light

"The juxtaposition of ironic elements is a convention of long standing in photography. Yet Skeet McAuley, a photographer based in Texas, uses this convention so effectively and poignantly as to make it new."

Judy Tillinger, The Daily News

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This book of 50 color photographs documents the lives and environment of Southwest Native Americans today. Aware of the stereotypes that poet Tapahonso describes in a short essay, McAuley focuses with ironic, deliberate wit on societal conceptions of the American Indian and of the ``wild west.'' We see children practising archery with storebought bows; a motor-scooter stands outside a traditional hogan dwelling; tourists take snapshots of a tiny herd of bison fenced alongside an interstate highway; a group of six tepees picturesquely dot an Arizonan vistabehind a sign proclaiming ``going out of business; everything price.'' The photos are punctuated by 10 short stories by Navajo ``Medicine-person'' Mitchell, who notes the continuity (rather than change) of Native American life. Sandweiss's ( Laura Gilpin: An Enduring Grace ) articulate, insightful essay describes the history of the American Indian as a photographic subject, and places McAuley's first book of photos in context. (Feb.)
Booknews
Photos depict ruins, natural landmarks, and scenes of contemporary Native American life juxtaposed with the presence of highway signs, tourist facilities, construction, and other evidence of the modern world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780893813338
  • Publisher: Aperture Foundation
  • Publication date: 2/1/1989
  • Series: New Images Book Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 11.59 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.57 (d)

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