Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Apply anthropological concepts and make use of technical terms related to Native American art.
2. Identify by tribal culture specific works of art, styles, and designs in ceramics, basketry, textiles, woodcarving, jewelry, and architecture.
3. Identify artistic creations by renowned individual Native American artists.
4. Compare and contrast art forms and design elements from several different Native American cultures.
5. Examine the expression of religious ideas, gender roles, environmentalism and ethnicity in Native American art.
6. Identify European and other cultural influences on Native American art and describe how these outside influences changed Native art through time.
I. Anthropological concepts and overview of Native American culture areas.
A. Concept of culture
B. Art in cultural context
C. The culture area concept
II. Ceramic arts of Native North America
A. Pueblo pottery traditions and Pueblo world view
B. Other ceramic traditions in Native North America
III. Basketry arts of Native North America
A. Pomo basketry and Native American environmentalism
B. Other Native American basketry traditions
IV. Native American textile traditions
A. Navajo textile weaving and Navajo history
B. Pueblo weaving traditions and gender
C. Other weaving traditions, e.g., Northwest Coast
V. Great Plains skinwork art
A. Beadwork and Quillwork
B. Painted art
C. Gender roles and Plains artists
VI. Woodcarving arts of Native North America
A. Hopi Kachina dolls and Hopi religion
B. Northwest Coastal woodcarving as reflection of social organization
C. Other woodcarving traditions in North America
VII. Native American jewelry
A. Southwest Pueblo and Navajo jewelry traditions
B. Other Native American jewelry arts
VIII. Monumental architecture of Native North America
A. Ancestral Puebloan architecture
B. Ancient Moundbuilders of the Eastern U. S.
IX. Monumental sculpture and architecture of the New World civilizations
A. Art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica
B. Art and architecture of ancient Peru
X. Contemporary arts among Native peoples of North America
A. Contemporary art forms using traditional themes and traditional art
forms using contemporary themes.
B. Politically-oriented art
C. Native American cinema and other contemporary arts
XI. Influence of European and other cultures on Native American art
XII. Ethnicity, race, gender, and sexual orientation as expressed in Native
American artistic traditions
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The Arts of the North Amerian Indian. Wade, Edwin L., Editor. Hudson Hills, New York: 1996 (Classic text)
Native American Art and Culture: A Workbook. Bond, Margaret. Pearson Custom Publishing, Boston: 2008
Native North American Art. Berlo, Janet C. and Phillips, Ruth B. Oxford University Press, Oxford: 1998 (Classic text)
North American Indian Art. Penney, David and Horsecapture, George. Thames and Hudson, New York: 2004