Yakuglas' Legacy: The Art and Times of Charlie James

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University of Toronto Press, 2016 - Art - 264 pages
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Charlie James (1867-1937) was a premier carver and painter from the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation of British Columbia. Also known by his ceremonial name Yakuglas, he was a prolific artist and activist during a period of severe oppression for First Nations people in Canada.

Yakuglas' Legacy examines the life of Charlie James. During the early part of his career James created works primarily for ritual use within Kwakwaka'wakw society. However, in the 1920s, his art found a broader audience as he produced more miniatures and paintings. Through a balanced reading of the historical period and James' artistic production, Ronald W. Hawker argues that James' shift to contemporary art forms allowed the artist to make a critical statement about the vitality of Kwakwaka'wakw culture. Yakuglas' Legacy, aided by the inclusion of 123 colour illustrations, is at once a beautiful and poignant book about the impact of the Canadian project on Aboriginal people and their artistic response.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 James world
9
2 Style
27
3 Masks and ceremonial objects
73
4 Totem poles
117
5 Model poles and curio items
153
6 Twodimensional art
181
Conclusion
209
Notes
217
Bibliography
235
Index
241
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About the author (2016)

Ronald W. Hawker was formerly Associate Chair of the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta College of Art and Design and an associate professor in the Department of Art and Design at Zayed University. He now lives in Prince Edward Island.

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