"But it Doesn't Look Indian": Objects, Archetypes and Objectified Others in Native American Art, Culture and Identity

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ProQuest, 2008 - 309 pages
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Over four case studies the author discusses several kinds of "suspect" cultural activities, including the production of tourist art, the reclamation of lost cultural identity, and the social cohesion, dissonance and power structures that emerge from acts of artistic patronage. Cultural construction, and with it artistic activity and the creation of identity, is seldom a one-sided affair. Rather, it is a process by which artist and patron, tourist and "native", museum owner and museum-goer, all co-construct forms of culture. Although a negotiated process is seldom, if ever, admitted by the participants, the author finds mutual construction to be, in fact, the norm.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Social Life of Skitswish Things Native American Objects
28
Objectification Without Objects The Mashantucket Pequot Museum
77
Midwestern Wars of Identity and Cultural Reflexivity The Phil brook
132
LIST OF FIGURES
148
The Santa Fe Indian Market
197
Bringing Together Past Present and Future
236
Figures
250
Kateri Collective items items a and b
261
Skitswish beading on horse saddle and tack
262
Indian Court posters emphasizing Native Arts and Crafts created by California artist Louis Siegriest for Indian Court at the 1939 Golden Gate Internat...
263
Foxwoods Entrance
264
One canoe and passengers escaping the British attack
265
The Dreamcatcher slot machine on exhibit
266
Family group inside a lodge
267
Pequot men erecting a stockade fence around the village
268

Sr Providencia Tolan Eleanor Roosevelt Senator John H Tolan
251
Newspaper clipping that was attached to back of photograph
252
Inside flap with the word Kateri printed in ink
253
Back of belt buckle with the words Kateri and Emily printed in ink
254
Group photo of the Kateri Club
255
Skitswish student and Kateri member Mary Skanen
256
Student dormitory Sacred Heart Mission
257
Older Sacred Heart Mission students in sewing class
258
Male and female Sacred Heart Mission students on Indian Day
259
Unidentified sodality member
260
Pequot stonemason Ephraim Williams Jr
269
The Busy Beaver Indian Gift store in Ledyard Ct
270
Philbrook interior columns after Berninis Baldaccino
271
Selection of Philbrook Annuals Catalogues
272
First page of Philbrook awards list 1947 catalogue
273
Patrick DesJarlait Maple Sugar Time 1946
274
Fred Beaver Florida Seminole Family 1953
275
Harrison Begay Washing Hair 1949
276
Joe Hilario Herrera Cochiti Green corn Dance with Koshare 1947
277
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