The Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Northwest Coast Indian Art

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A classic book on Native American art and culture is back in print, in a new edition that includes updates to the artists' biographies and Native American names. The "Legacy" is so much more than an elegant art book. It is a delightful and informative guide to the continuing Native American artistic traditions. A spectacular selection of color photographs displays the work of 39 artists, and the authors present a detailed analysis of the culture that inspired their work. The authors also discuss the social function of the artists' work, and the different styles, techniques, and materials used to create them. Since it first appeared in print in 1984, The "Legacy" has been reprinted a dozen times and sold more than 25,000 copies. This enduring tribute to contemporary Northwest Coast Native American art is an important guide for both scholar and novice.

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About the author (1984)

Alan L. Hoover worked in the RBCM's anthropology collections for 33 years and retired in 2003, as manager of the department. He has written many books and articles on First Nations material culture, including The Legacy with Peter L. Macnair and Kevin Neary.

Kevin Neary is a consultant in anthropology, research and museum interpretation for many First Nations and cultural institutions in British Columbia. He has participated in several research projects with the Huu-ay-aht over the past 20 years, developing a warm appreciation for Huu-ay-aht people, culture, language and history.

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