Anthropology | Native American Art
E624 | 0425 | Thomas
This class will address the principles of Native art and its materials,
styles, functions, methods, meanings and the cultural/religious
contexts in which they are used. The time span will cover from historical
rock art to contemporary usage of CDs as Pow Wow dance ornaments. Besides
addressing the principles, cultural, anthropological and Indigenous
theories will be explored. A considerable amount of Indigenous cultural
background information will be interwoven in the lectures and discussions,
which will be the core of the class, aside reading several books and other
documents which will be hand out throughout the semester. In addition,
various media sources, i.e., videos, films, and so forth, will be used.
Each student will be assigned to create a Native art piece, which
has to be approved by the Professor. Four "work-in-progress"
presentations will be made in class. The finished art piece will be
presented as part of the final exam grade, accompanied by a ten page
research paper (twenty-page research paper for graduate students) about
the piece's cultural history and place within a Native community.
The collections in the IU Museums and other entities in Bloomington
will be utilized as a part of the class time. This course will focus on
various Native arts, but not limited, to basketry, pottery, textiles,
literature, films, paintings, carvings, dances, songs, poetry, paintings,
jewelry, tanning, beading, clothing, quillwork, quilting, photography,
drawings, folk art, embroidery, ceremonies, and others.
Class requirements: Class presentations; meet with the Professor four
times; a ten-page research paper (twenty-page research paper for graduate
students); create an art piece; read five assigned books (eight for
graduate students) and additional handouts, mid-semester and final exams.