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Art of the Cherokee: Prehistory to the Present Paperback – February 25, 2007
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Power's work is a groundbreaking art history of North Carolina and Oklahoma Cherokees. In my opinion this is one of the most important works since that of the early ethnographers including Frank Speck and James Mooney. Meticulous research and a consistent use of direct information from living Cherokee people are reflected in this sensitive and well-documented art history of a vibrant and resilient people.(Mary Jo Watson Associate Dean of the College Fine Arts and Associate Professor of Native American Art History, University of Oklahoma)
Power aptly examines the role of Cherokee Indian art and offers a significant contribution to an understanding of Cherokee culture and traditions. Carefully compiling available literature and coupling it with her own extensive research, Power elicits a very approachable balance in her writing. Her study of early works and the influence these pieces have on contemporary artists is very informative. Power’s efforts to present so engaging a story will enhance our knowledge of the Cherokee's creativity in the face of adversity and garner respect for Cherokee artists.(Andrew L. Strout University of Oklahoma School of Art)
Power's Art of the Cherokee is a groundbreaking volume. No single monograph has provided an extensive study of Cherokee art from the archaeological past to the present; with the exception of the Seminole, little has been published in depth for the art of any southeastern Indian nation. The rich pre-contact art of the Southeast has received wide coverage through recent exhibitions with impressive catalogues and new anthologies, but the arts of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries in the Southeast, beyond basketry, have not been closely examined. Power reverses that trend and hopefully sets the stage for additional studies. . . . This is a well-written, beautifully illustrated volume that does more justice to the diversity and longevity of Cherokee art than any previous publication. Power's extensive bibliography, helpful index, and lack of jargon make the book very user friendly.(North Carolina Historical Review)
Native American art history concerning Southeastern and Oklahoma Indian art is enhanced by Susan Power's ambitious book on Cherokee art . . . . In addition to the text, extensive notes, a fine glossary, works consulted, and an index make this book a superb resource for Native American art historians, Indian history scholars, and interested readers.(Great Plains Quarterly)
About the Author
Susan C. Power is a professor emerita of art at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Her book Early Art of the Southeastern Indians (Georgia) was selected by the American Library Association as a "Best of the Best from the University Presses" title.
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In the contemporary section, Power seems to purposely select non-enrolled artists and artists that don't live in tribal communities either in North Carolina or Oklahoma. I wondered how see chose these artists until I visited the National Museum of the American Indian's Cherokee collection. Instead of choosing art from Suitland, Maryland, Power would have done better to spend more time in the Qualla Boundary and northeastern Oklahoma and write about artists that are actually part of their communities.
Many redundancies - the text could have been trimmed down by a good editor. She also keeps misspelling "Tsalagi" and "Tsaligi." That said, the photos are incredibly gorgeous.
you got two stars for the colorful cover
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to learn more about Cherokee art and history!