Meaningful art brings us joy!
Inseparable from its communities, Northwest Coast art functions aesthetically and performatively, from demonstrating kinship connections to manifesting spiritual power. By centering voices that uphold Indigenous priorities, integrating the expertise of Indigenous knowledge holders about their artistic heritage, and questioning current institutional practices, these essays “unsettle” Northwest Coast art studies. The volume exemplifies respectful and relational engagement with Indigenous art and advocates for more accountable scholarship and practices within the discipline of art history.
Katherine Bunn-Marcuse is director of the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art, curator of Northwest Native art at the Burke Museum, and associate professor of art history at the University of Washington.
Aldona Jonaitis is the former Director of the University of Alaska Museum of the North and a professor of Anthropology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Published in 2020
Capture the Spirit & Artistry of First Nations Culture
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“This box resembles an adult bald eagle. Eagles aren’t hunted by any predators unless it’s another eagle, which makes them apex predators. Whenever an eagle deals with conflict from smaller game, they don’t seem to fall into [it]. Instead, they rise higher and higher until they are no longer reachable. Eagles are also key in the circle of life – [they often help to] relocate salmon into the forest floors, enriching the environment by [feeding it with] the richness of the salmon carcass and bringing nutrients to places where a salmon wouldn’t normally reach.
I’ve always wanted to fly like an eagle. Fly above all else, viewing everything with a higher perspective…the one who has the sharpest vision to see beyond any other living creature.”
– Reuben Mack, 2022