6.4: Suggested Resources
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For more information about the role of artistic expression in indigenous societies, I recommend Exploring World Art by Eric Venbrux, Pamela Sheffield Rosi, and Robert Welsch, especially the essay “Do We Still Have No Word for Art?: A Contemporary Mohawk Question” by Morgan Perkins.
For those who need further convincing that indigenous people in “hostile” environments like the Arctic and Sub-Arctic have the time or imagination for artistic expression, I recommend Inuit Art: An Anthology. Additionally, if you are ever in Ottawa, Ontario, I recommend a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Civilization, both of which have excellent collections of historical and contemporary pieces.
North American Indian Art, by David Penney, is an excellent introduction to both historical and contemporary examples of American Indian art.
There is a relatively new video available through Visionmaker Video and PBS about Dine’ (Navajo) weavers called Weaving Two Worlds: Tradition and Economic Survival. An older video, simply called Maria Martinez, may be available in your library, and there are a number of websites devoted to her art and life story.
Paul Chaat Smith’s Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong is an insightful collection of essays about American Indian stereotypes and Native American art and artists.
There are also a large number of websites devoted to Native American writers, both as groups and individually. There is no reason not to read about American Indians by American Indian writers.
A video about Native American dance styles called Native American Men’s and Women’s Dance Styles is available through Full Circle Videos at www.fullcir.com.