Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork is the compelling book based on an art exhibition explaining how First Nations and Métis floral beadwork became both a major means of artistic expression and a symbol of cultural resilience. It is also an important example of how two differing civilizations - Indigenous and European - established a common ground of economic and creative exchange. This companion publication to the exhibition celebrates the beauty and power of Native North American floral art.
Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains is a coffee-table style book accompanies the Brooklyn Museum's current exhibition about the Plains tipi as architectural form and as a centre for understanding Plains cultural, social, spiritual, and creative traditions. This 239-page volume features thoughtful essays such as the art of tipi living; the Arapaho tipi; Crow tipis; of tipis and stereotypes; women's arts centered in the tipi; Kiowa beadwork in the twenty-first century; Tipis and the warrior tradition; and the tipi of the Kiowa Tonkongya (Black Leggings Warrior Society).
Memory and Vision: Arts, Cultures, and Lives of Plains Indian People was co-published by the University of Washington Press and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The coffee-table book contains over 300 illustrations featuring 250 in full-colour. Six essays by Plains scholars including Beatrice Medicine (Lakota), Gerard Baker (Mandan-Hidatsa), Joe Medicine Crow (Crow), Arthur Amiotte (Oglala Lakota), and Bently Spang (Northern Cheyenne Nation) combine to explain the unique cultural history of Plains Indian art of the past and present.
The Early Years of Native American Art History: The Politics of Scholarship and Collecting is a collection of essays dealing with the development of Native American art history as a discipline rather than with particular art works or artists. It focuses on the early anthropologist, museum curators, dealers, and collectors, and on the multiple levels of understanding and misunderstanding, appropriation and reappropriation, that characterized their transactions.
Small Spirits: Native America Dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian is the exhibition catalogue from the Smithsonian's exhibit of the same name. This 175-page book features a dazzling variety of Native American dolls - from early ceramic figures to striking contemporary creations by Inuit and Pueblo artists - fills the pages of Small Spirits.
Unsettling Encounters: First Nations Imagery in the Art of Emily Carr by Gerta Moray, Professor of Art History at the University of Guelph, provides in-depth assessment of Emily Carr and her legacy of art in the Canadian context. The coffee-table art book contains 283 illustrations and 91 colour plates of Carr's work. Marcia Crosby, writer and instructor in English and Native Studies, Malaspina University, provides a personal foreword about Emily Carr and her art that focused so much on First Nations in British Columbia.
Exhibition catalogue for the inaugural showcase at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. celebrates the distinguished careers of two extraordinary Native artists. George Morrison (Grand Portage Band of Ojibway, 1919-2000) and Allan Houser (Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache, 1914-1994) are deserving of this magnificent catalogue. Their paintings, drawings, and sculptures are explored in essays that place their works in the context of contemporary art, Native American art history, and cultural identity.
Reading the Fire: The Traditional Indian Literatures of America engages America's "first literatures," traditional Native American tales and legends, as literary art and part of our collective imaginative heritage. This revised edition of a book first published to critical acclaim in 1983 includes four new essays.