Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast

Author: Hilary Stewart
Publisher: D & M Publishers
ISBN: 1926706366
Release Date: 2009-09-01
Genre: Art

Bold, inventive 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. In Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast, Hilary Stewart introduces the elements of style; interprets the myths and legends which shape the motifs; and defines and illustrates the stylistic differences between the major cultural groupings. 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.

Art of the Northwest Coast Indians

Author: Robert Bruce Inverarity
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520005953
Release Date: 1950
Genre: Art

Discusses the social patterns, material culture, and religion of the Indian tribes of Northwest North America stressing aspects of their primitive art.

Art of the Northwest Coast

Author: Aldona Jonaitis
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
ISBN: 9781553652106
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Indian art

A seminal single-volume overview of the magnificent art of the Northwest Coast, with text from a distinguished authority augmented by full-colour images throughout. Art Of The Northwest Coast is a superbly illustrated and informed overview of the First Nations art of the Northwest Coast, covering the region from Puget Sound to Haida Gwaii to Alaska, and proceeding from prehistoric times to the present. Created in the spirit of the best-selling Thames & Hudson World of Art series, this groundbreaking volume provides an overview of the development of the art's styles and meanings in the context of the region's social history. Aldona Jonaitis argues convincingly that rather than being lost following European contact, Native traditions were simply expressed in different ways, and that First Nations art is now flourishing as never before. Compellingly written and beautifully designed, Art of the Northwest Coast is essential reading for anyone interested in art, First Nations cultures and the evolution of both.

Challenging traditions

Author: Ian M. Thom
Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
ISBN: STANFORD:36105124153748
Release Date: 2009-07
Genre: Art

Through their own words and artwork, Ian Thom examines the careers, working methods, and philosophy of forty active Native American artists, all of whom he has interviewed. Featured here are their works, often combining new materials and old traditions, as well as extensive passages from conversations with these establishd and up-and-coming artists from the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Native Art of the Northwest Coast

Author: Charlotte Townsend-Gault
Publisher: UBC Press
ISBN: 0774820500
Release Date: 2014-08-01
Genre: Art

This remarkable volume, many years in the making, records and scrutinizes definitions of Northwest Coast Native art and its boundaries. A work of critical historiography, it makes accessible for the first time in one place a broad selection of more than 250 years of writing on Northwest Coast "art." Organized thematically, its excerpted texts are from both published and unpublished sources, some not previously available in English. They cover such complex topics as the clash between oral and written knowledge, transcultural entanglement, the influence of surrealist thinking, and the long history of the deployment of Northwest Coast Native art for nationalist purposes. The selections are preceded by thought-provoking introductions that give historical context to the diverse intellectual traditions that have influenced, stimulated, and opposed each other - publisher's website.


Author: Chris Friday
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295801603
Release Date: 2011-07-01
Genre: Social Science

Don Smith - or Lelooska, as he was usually called - was a prominent Native American artist and storyteller in the Pacific Northwest. Born in 1933 of �mixed blood� Cherokee heritage, he was adopted as an adult by the prestigious Kwakiutl Sewid clan and had relationships with elders from a wide range of tribal backgrounds. Initially producing curio items for sale to tourists and regalia for Oregon Indians, Lelooska emerged in the late 1950s as one of a handful of artists who proved crucial to the renaissance of Northwest Coast Indian art. He also developed into a supreme performer and educator, staging shows of dances, songs, and storytelling. During the peak years, from the 1970s to the early 1990s, the family shows with Lelooska as the centerpiece attracted as many as 30,000 people annually. In this book, historian and family friend Chris Friday shares and annotates interviews that he conducted with Lelooska, between 1993 and ending shortly before the artist's death, in 1996. This is the story of a man who reached, quite literally, a million or more people in his lifetime and whose life was at once exceptional and emblematic.

Art of the Totem

Author: Marius Barbeau
Publisher: Big Country Books
ISBN: 088839618X
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Art

Majestic spires, reminders of the ages past, the carved figures of totem poles pierce the coastal forests. First written as an obscure U.S. government publication in 1932, renowned Canadian anthropologist Marius Barbeau's classic work on the history of the development and significance of Northwest Coast totem pole art is now updated with beautiful colour photographs.

Visions of the North

Author: Don McQuiston
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0811808599
Release Date: 1995-09-01
Genre: Photography

Compelling photographs of Northwest Indian art—and images of the stunning landscape vistas that have shaped it—fill this gorgeous new volume for fans of these increasingly popular, collectable artifacts, as well as for the many travelers to the Pacific Northwest. Throughout Northern California, Oregon, and Washington, and as far north as Glacier Bay, Alaska, the totem poles, ceremonial masks, decorative blankets, canoes, and other elaborate items crafted by Native Americans reflect the resources and geological diversity of their abundant environment. Over 130 full-color photographs and a fascinating text reveal the details of this strikingly beautiful region and the rich artistic heritage of its inhabitants. An exciting companion to Spirit Faces: Contemporary Native American Masks from the Northwest (Chronicle Books, Spring 1995), this evocative book will be both an essential acquisition and a memorable souvenir.

Understanding Northwest Coast Art

Author: Cheryl Shearar
Publisher: D & M Publishers
ISBN: 1926706161
Release Date: 2008-09-01
Genre: Art

Easy to use and easy to read, Understanding Northwest Coast Art is an essential source for understanding and visually identifying the underlying themes and subjects of Northwest Coast Native art. The first section of this book features an alphabetical list of words relating to Northwest Coast art, with definitions, descriptions and explanations and synopses of the major myths associated with them. As an aid to identification and understanding, many of the crests, beings and symbols are illustrated in the 60 black-and-white reproductions of contemporary works of art. The second section offers descriptions of the art styles and types of decorated objects created by the various Northwest Coast cultural groups.

Mythic Beings

Author: Gary Wyatt
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 0295977981
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Art

This book presents a collection of 75 works by 34 of the best First Nations artists working on the Northwest Coast today. The power of their art comes from its deep roots in an ancient culture that is rich in ceremonial and aesthetic traditions. Gary Wyatt's introduction outlines the integral place of art in the ceremonial and spiritual life of Northwest Coast societies. He provides insights into the cosmology of the Northwest Coast, as well as retelling some of the major myths. In addition, each work is accompanied by the artist's own words describing its meaning, cultural significance and creation.

Pacific Northwest Coast Aboriginal art

Author: Karin Clark
ISBN: UOM:39015079216043
Release Date: 2007-09-17
Genre: Art

Illustrates ten well-known objects and nineteen crest designs from the Pacific Northwest Coast along with meanings and stories. Identifies seven main design elements along with variations.