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Native North American Art (Oxford History of Art) Hardcover – December 24, 1998

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"The best guide yet to understanding the complexities of Native North American art....a solidly ground, sophisticated history, combining art history, anthropology, and cultural studies...splendidly well-written...useful and timely."--Gerald McMaster, Curator of Art, Canadian Museum of Civilization


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About the authors Janet Catherine Berlo is the Susan B. Anthony Chair of Gender and Women's Studies and Professor of Art History at the University of Rochester, New York.
Ruth Phillips is Director of the Museum of Anthropology and Professor of Fine Art and Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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  • Series: Oxford History of Art
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 24, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192842668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192842664
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,134,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
Berlo's and Phillips' erudite, critical voices are a welcome change from the often glossy, sales-driven world of Indian art writing. True to form, they have together crafted a sophisticated and highly readable survey of pre-contact, historic and contemporary Indian art, suitable for undergrads, grads, and the casual layperson. This book fills a HUGE gap, and stakes out a territory that few other scholars would dare venture; between connoisseurship, anthropology, visual culture and criticl theory. It is therefore to be expected that specialists of a particular region might take issue with some of their finer details. But specialist nit-picking misses the larger point of this book: to show how Native tribes across North America continued their cultural traditions despite colonialism and intertribal contact. It is a complex, interwoven history, but Indian art emerges, through this book, as one of the most vital, politically engaged arts in America today. This book sets the standard for Indian Art surveys.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Stilwell on April 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was required for an Introduction to Native American Arts class that I took just for fun at school. It is an easy and interesting read, and the punctuation of gorgeous photographs of a wide range of art from all over the North American regions, makes it a pleasant experience. While I do not keep all of my textbooks, this is one that will remain in my collection as a reference and as one that I anticipate using as I research Native American cultures in upcoming classes.

My only criticism of this book is that "art" is by default, defined as only visual arts, rather than including performance, literary and musical arts. It is also only an overview, and will not provide a complete explanation of every type of Native American art tradition, or even represent every tribal group.

Quite honestly, I would recommend this book to anyone researching or studying Native American culture, history and/or tradition, since the art is much more interesting to many people, and the culture, history and tradition are such an important part of the art, reading about Native art will also give a good overview of the other subjects.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By E Rice on March 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
one book can only give the reader a brief overview of the wealth of american indian art. the traditional art (i don't acknowledge a split between art and craft) was produced by all the nations, spans pre-historic and historic eras, and has been collected for centuries. the contemporary art is flourishing and much is breathtaking. that being said, this book does a wonderful job of covering such an immense subject.
the only complaint i have is the relative paucity of photos. but i would feel that way if the book were nothing but photos.
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By Carolyn Waters on July 7, 2014
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Great book. Thank you.
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By Neil H. Parsons on February 18, 2014
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This book is unique in that it covers a serious historical overview of Native North American Indian Art plus the inclusion of the best contemporary first American artists...!
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By kelly on June 12, 2013
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i ordered this for class, its an easy read, lots of images. i'm not much of a reader but i enjoyed reading this. even if it was for class. i learned a lot, great book.
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Revealing the value of art as the key to discovering and interpreting pre-contact and post contact native lifestyle, culture, trade, customs, traditions, and values, this book is a keepsake resource for those interested in Native North Americans!
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By shea anderson on March 27, 2013
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I bought this book for a class, and I was really afraid it was going to be a really boring read, but instead, I really enjoy it. It is easy to read and follow along.
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