Trading Identities: The Souvenir in Native North American Art from the Northeast, 1700-1900

Trading Identities: The Souvenir in Native North American Art from the Northeast, 1700-1900

by Ruth B. Phillips
     
 

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This book examines a range of art forms produced by Indians in northeastern North America for sale to travelers and tourists during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Aboriginal peoples of the Woodlands were the first in North America to experience economic and social marginalization and, in consequence, the first to rely on the production of commodities for… See more details below

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This book examines a range of art forms produced by Indians in northeastern North America for sale to travelers and tourists during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Aboriginal peoples of the Woodlands were the first in North America to experience economic and social marginalization and, in consequence, the first to rely on the production of commodities for the tourist trade. These hybrid art forms combine indigenous materials and techniques such as quillwork, moosehair embroidery, birchbark, and basketry with Euro-American genres and styles. Tourist art of the period is generally of high quality and great aesthetic interest. Yet scholars have largely ignored these objects because of their incorporation of Euro-North American influences. An innovative combination of fieldwork, art historical analysis, and historical contextualization, this study for the first time rigorously compares a Native souvenir production to a wide range of Euro-American decorative arts and home crafts. It identifies the sources of object types and styles and reveals the innovative differences displayed by Aboriginal trade wares. Images newly uncovered in archives and travel literature - including depictions of Native vendors and makers - illustrate the book, along with never before displayed or published objects from museum collections in Europe and North America.

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Indians in northeastern North America produced a variety of art objects for sale to travelers and tourists during the 18th and 19th centuries. This art is of high quality and great aesthetic interest, but has been largely ignored by scholars. This study combines fieldwork, art historical analysis, and historical contextualization to compare Native souvenirs to Euro-American decorative arts and home crafts. Includes b&w and color photos of pieces and their makers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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"One of the most important, if not the most important work of the decade in the anthropology of art and the art history of non-western art. Above all, it is a remarkable tour de force of historical and museological scholarship. A wonderful book, wonderful reading, wonderful food for thought." Nelson H.H. Graburn, University of California, Berkeley "The kinds of questions Dr Phillips asks represent the leading edge of Native American art historical theory and method. Trading Identities will have a significant impact on the way Native American art history is practiced as a discipline." David W. Penney, The Detroit Institute of Arts

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295976488
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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