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Books > Arts & Architecture > History of art / art & design styles > Art styles not limited by date > Art of indigenous peoples

Faces in the Forest - First Nations Art Created on Living Trees (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Michael D. Blackstock Faces in the Forest - First Nations Art Created on Living Trees (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Michael D. Blackstock
R2,181 Discovery Miles 21 810 Out of stock

In Faces in the Forest Michael Blackstock, a forester and an artist, takes us into the sacred forest, revealing the mysteries of carvings, paintings, and writings done on living trees by First Nations people. Blackstock details this rare art form through oral histories related by the Elders, blending spiritual and academic perspectives on Native art, cultural geography, and traditional ecological knowledge. Faces in the Forest begins with a review of First Nations cosmology and the historical references to tree art. Blackstock then takes us on a metaphorical journey along the remnants of trading and trapping trails to tree art sites in the Gitxsan, Nisga'a, Tlingit, Carrier, and Dene traditional territories, before concluding with reflections on the function and meaning of tree art, its role within First Nations cosmology, and the need for greater respect for all of our natural resources. This fascinating study of a haunting and little-known cultural phenomenon helps us to see our forests with new eyes.

Native Art of the Northwest Coast - A History of Changing Ideas (Hardcover): Jennifer Kramer, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Ki-ke-in Native Art of the Northwest Coast - A History of Changing Ideas (Hardcover)
Jennifer Kramer, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Ki-ke-in
R4,742 Discovery Miles 47 420 Out of stock

The Northwest Coast of North America has long been recognized as one of the world's canonical art zones. This volume records and scrutinizes the history of how and why this has come about. A work of critical historiography, it makes accessible for the first time in one place a broad selection of the 250 years of writing on Northwest Coast art. The contributors - leading scholars, writers, and artists - provide perspectives on the diverse intellectual traditions that have influenced, stimulated, and clashed with each other. In unsettling the conventions that have shaped the idea of Northwest Coast Native art, this book joins the lively, often heated, and now global, debates about what constitutes Native art and who should decide.

Ambiguous Images - Gender and Rock Art (Hardcover, New): Kelley Hays-Gilpin Ambiguous Images - Gender and Rock Art (Hardcover, New)
Kelley Hays-Gilpin
R2,287 R2,111 Discovery Miles 21 110 Save R176 (8%) Out of stock

What does rock art say about gender and how can our understanding of gender shape the way that we view rock art? A significant contribution to the relatively unexplored field of gender in rock art, this volume contains a wealth of information for archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians interested in past gender systems. Hays-Gilpin argues that art is at once a product of its physical and social environment and at the same time a tool of influence in shaping behavior and ideas within a society. Taking this stance, rock art is shown to be very often one of the strongest lines of evidence avaliable to scholars in understanding ritual practices, gender roles, and ideologicial constructs of prehistoric peoples. Subsequently issues of representation and the people who made these forms of art are also discussed.

A Cosmos in Stone - Interpreting Religion and Society Through Rock Art (Hardcover): David J. Lewis-Williams A Cosmos in Stone - Interpreting Religion and Society Through Rock Art (Hardcover)
David J. Lewis-Williams
R2,449 Discovery Miles 24 490 Out of stock

J. David Lewis-Williams is world renowned for his work on the rock art of Southern Africa. In this volume, Lewis-Williams describes the key steps in his evolving journey to understand these images painted on stone. He describes the development of technical methods of interpreting rock paintings of the 1970s, shows how a growing understanding of San mythology, cosmology, and ethnography helped decode the complex paintings, and traces the development of neuropsychological models for understanding the relationship between belief systems and rock art. The author then applies his theories to the famous rock paintings of prehistoric Western Europe in an attempt to develop a comprehensive theory of rock art. For students of rock art, archaeology, ethnography, comparative religion, and art history, Lewis-Williams' book will be a provocative read and an important reference.

Saharan Rock Art - Archaeology of Tassilian Pastoralist Iconography (Hardcover): Augustin F.C. Holl Saharan Rock Art - Archaeology of Tassilian Pastoralist Iconography (Hardcover)
Augustin F.C. Holl
R2,265 Discovery Miles 22 650 Out of stock

The Neolithic rock images of Iheren, Algeria are the starting point for Augustin Holl's careful analysis of the iconography of Saharan rock art. Created in the third millennium B.C., the Iheren murals are over 3 meters wide and contain multiple compositions that present an allegorical depiction of the lifeways of Tassilian pastoralists in the Sahara. Holl approaches his task as an archaeologist, examining the various strands of evidence-icons, ideas, motifs, colors, and sizes-and weaving them together into a story that offers a window on the pastoralist worldview through the semiotics of their art. His deconstruction and synthesis of this corpus of material should be of interest to African archaeologists, rock art specialists, art historians, and cultural anthropologists alike.

African Art and Artefacts in European Collections 1400-1800 (Hardcover): Esio Bassani, Malcolm D. McLeod African Art and Artefacts in European Collections 1400-1800 (Hardcover)
Esio Bassani, Malcolm D. McLeod
R2,335 R2,175 Discovery Miles 21 750 Save R160 (7%) Out of stock

This life-work of Italian scholar, Ezio Bassani, creates a record of over 800 artefacts in more than 100 early African collections in Europe. The catalogue provides full descriptions of each artefact and the details of every collection, with present location and provenance provided where known. Original documentation is given in the original language with a translation and commentary in English. There are several indices, including categories of item by material. The CD-ROM features an electronic version of the text.

Framing America - A Social History of American Art: Volume 1 (Paperback, 4th ed.): Frances K. Pohl Framing America - A Social History of American Art: Volume 1 (Paperback, 4th ed.)
Frances K. Pohl
R1,612 Discovery Miles 16 120 Out of stock

Unique in its inclusive treatment, Framing America embraces the full scope of American art from the sixteenth century to the present. In addition to offering comprehensive coverage of the canon, Frances K. Pohl's narrative goes beyond the traditional, and sometimes derogatory, treatment of certain populations in American society and addresses the domestic arts and the social and political contexts of art. The fourth edition is presented for the first time in two volumes. It will be sold as individual volumes as well as a packaged set containing both. The book is split in order to offer greater portability to students and to appeal to a greater number of courses. For example, instructors teaching a course on American art since 1900 or American art since 1945 can now assign the single, briefer volume that relates most directly to their course. New pedagogy also makes the book more accessible: artfully designed timelines open each part, situating important events in American history more accurately and while showing how they relate to art. Many images have increased in size and color throughout to help students identify small but important details in each work.

Nga Moteatea The Songs - Part One (Hardcover, New Ed): Apirana Ngata Nga Moteatea The Songs - Part One (Hardcover, New Ed)
Apirana Ngata; Pei Te Hurinui Jones
R943 R842 Discovery Miles 8 420 Save R101 (11%) Out of stock

Over a period of forty years Sir Apirana Ngata, distinguished leader and scholar, collected and recorded hundreds of songs and chants from the iwi of Aotearoa, which became the four volumes of Nga Moteatea, with translations and annotations by Ngata and Pei te Hurinui Jones. This is the first volume of a new edition of this national treasure, the largest and most comprehensive collection of Maori waiata and a unique contribution to New Zealand poetry. It is a rich resource for continuing research and scholarship in many fields, offers prime texts in the teaching of Maori language, literature and tribal history and serves as inspiration for contemporary composition and performance. This completely redesigned and reset edition published in association with the Polynesian Society, preserves the integrity of Ngata's and Jones's and their commentary. Long vowels in Maori have been macronised and changes have been made to conform to current usage with correction of errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation. Typography has been modernised. This edition also includes two audio CDs of waiata drawn from the Archive of Maori and Pacific Music at the University of Auckland.

Art and Society in a Highland Maya Community - The Altarpiece of Santiago Atitlan (Paperback, New): Allen J. Christenson Art and Society in a Highland Maya Community - The Altarpiece of Santiago Atitlan (Paperback, New)
Allen J. Christenson
R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Allen J. Christenson offers us in this wonderful book a testimony to contemporary Maya artistic creativity in the shadow of civil war, natural disaster, and rampant modernization. Trained in art history and thoroughly acquainted with the historical and modern ethnography of the Maya area, Christenson chronicles in this beautifully illustrated work the reconstruction of the central altarpiece of the Maya Church of Tz'utujil-speaking Santiago Atitla n, Guatemala. The much-loved colonial-era shrine collapsed after a series of destructive earthquakes in the twentieth century. Christenson's close friendship with the Cha vez brothers, the native Maya artists who reconstructed the shrine in close consultation with village elders, enables him to provide detailed exegesis of how this complex work of art translates into material form the theology and cosmology of the traditional Tz'utujil Maya.

"With the author's guidance, we are taught to see this remarkable work of art as the Maya Christian cosmogram that it is. Although it has the triptych form of a conventional Catholic altarpiece, its iconography reveals a profoundly Maya narrative, replete with sacred mountains and life-giving caves, with the whole articulated by a central axis mundi motif in the form of a sacred tree or maize plant (ambiguity intended) that is reminiscent of well-known ancient Maya ideas. Through Christenson's focused analysis of the iconography of this shrine, we are able to see and understand almost firsthand how the modern Maya people of Santiago Atitla n have remembered the imagined universe of their ancestors and placed upon this sacred framework their received truths in time present." -- Gary H. Gossen, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, University at Albany, SUNY

South Western Pottery - An Annotated Bibliography and List of Types and Wares (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Norman T Oppelt South Western Pottery - An Annotated Bibliography and List of Types and Wares (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Norman T Oppelt
R991 R940 Discovery Miles 9 400 Save R51 (5%) Out of stock
German Immigrant Artists in America - A Biographical Dictionary (Hardcover): Peter C. Merrill German Immigrant Artists in America - A Biographical Dictionary (Hardcover)
Peter C. Merrill
R1,891 R1,752 Discovery Miles 17 520 Save R139 (7%) Out of stock

The German immigrant contribution to American art begins in the colonial period with such artists as Augustin Herrmann and Jeremiah Theus. Later, in the nineteenth century, America experienced a remarkable influx of skilled professional artists, many of whom had been trained at the academies in Dusseldorf, Munich, Berlin, and Weimar. German Immigrant Artists in America examines who these immigrant artists were, where they came from, and the skills they brought which have in turn influenced other American artists. Merrill presents information on artists who worked in a variety of media, including painters, graphic artists, engravers, lithographers, sculptors, and some stained glass designers. Recommended for art history libraries and art historians interested in German influences on American art.

The Aesthetics of Primitive Art (Hardcover): H. Gene Blocker The Aesthetics of Primitive Art (Hardcover)
H. Gene Blocker
R1,588 R1,477 Discovery Miles 14 770 Save R111 (7%) Out of stock

In this work, Blocker extends the philosophy of art to traditional African, Pre-Columbian Meso-American, and other works of "primitive art." Contents: Is Primitive Art Primitive? Is Primitive Art Art? Aesthetic Consciousness in Primitive Art; Critical Assessment of Primitive Art.

Beyond Tradition - Contemporary Indian Art and Its Evolution (Paperback): Lois Essary Jacka Beyond Tradition - Contemporary Indian Art and Its Evolution (Paperback)
Lois Essary Jacka; Photographs by Jerry D. Jacka; Foreword by Clara Lee Tanner
R456 R399 Discovery Miles 3 990 Save R57 (13%) Out of stock
The People Speak - Navajo Folk Art (Hardcover): Chuck Rosenak The People Speak - Navajo Folk Art (Hardcover)
Chuck Rosenak; As told to Jan Rosenak
R850 R693 Discovery Miles 6 930 Save R157 (18%) Out of stock
Southwestern Pottery - Anasazi to Zuni (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Allan Hayes Southwestern Pottery - Anasazi to Zuni (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Allan Hayes; Photographs by John Blom; John Blom
R843 R686 Discovery Miles 6 860 Save R157 (19%) Out of stock

An art, history, and reference book showcasing more than eleven hundred pots. There isn't a more complete Southwestern pottery guide.

Treasures of the Navajo (Paperback): Theda Bassman, Gene Balzer Treasures of the Navajo (Paperback)
Theda Bassman, Gene Balzer
R277 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R40 (14%) Out of stock

Each book showcases nearly six hundred items, from classics to modern innovations, from the affordable to the rare. The texts outline the histories of the tribes and their arts, describe how the artists make their wares, and give you tips on what new collectors should look for.

Treasures of the Hopi (Paperback, illustrated edition): Theda Bassman, Gene Balzer Treasures of the Hopi (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Theda Bassman, Gene Balzer
R277 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R40 (14%) Out of stock

Each book showcases nearly six hundred items, from classics to modern innovations, from the affordable to the rare. The texts outline the histories of the tribes and their arts, describe how the artists make their wares, and give you tips on what new collectors should look for.

Trading Post Guidebook - Where to Find the Trading Posts, Galleries, Auctions, Artists, and Museums of the Four Corners Region... Trading Post Guidebook - Where to Find the Trading Posts, Galleries, Auctions, Artists, and Museums of the Four Corners Region (Paperback, 2nd)
Susan Makov, Patrick Eddington
R377 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R57 (15%) Out of stock
The Saintmakers (Paperback): Chuck Rosenak, Northland, Jan Rosenak The Saintmakers (Paperback)
Chuck Rosenak, Northland, Jan Rosenak
R327 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R49 (15%) Out of stock

The Saint Makers is a thorough exploration of the contemporary evolution of religious folk art, or santo making, in the American Southwest.

Traditional Hopi Kachinasa Nepb (Paperback): Traditional Hopi Kachinasa Nepb (Paperback)
R323 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R49 (15%) Out of stock

A rare glimpse into the lives of the carvers, this unique book explains the cultural significance of the kachina and the growing popularity of collecting traditional-style dolls. The ninety color photographs and interviews with the artists will take the reader into an art form that celebrates the cultural depths of the Hopis.

The Archaeology of Art in the American Southwest (Paperback): Marit K. Munson The Archaeology of Art in the American Southwest (Paperback)
Marit K. Munson
R1,083 Discovery Miles 10 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Marit K. Munson explores ancient artwork with standard archaeological approaches to material culture, framed by theoretical insights of disciplines such as art history, visual studies, and psychology. She demonstrates how archaeological methods, combined with theoretical insights from other disciplines, open up new avenues for understanding of past peoples.

The Blood of Kings - Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art (Paperback): Linda Schele, Mary Ellen Miller The Blood of Kings - Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art (Paperback)
Linda Schele, Mary Ellen Miller; Photographs by Justin Kerr; Foreword by Emily J Sano; Preface by Michael D. Coe
R868 R781 Discovery Miles 7 810 Save R87 (10%) Out of stock

This classic study of the ancient Maya reveals a culture as rich as the ancient civilizations of Europe, the Middle East, and the Orient.

Southwestern Pottery - Anasazi to Zuni (Paperback, Second Edition): Allan Hayes, John Blom, Carol Hayes Southwestern Pottery - Anasazi to Zuni (Paperback, Second Edition)
Allan Hayes, John Blom, Carol Hayes
R614 R558 Discovery Miles 5 580 Save R56 (9%) Out of stock

When this book first appeared in 1996, it was "Pottery 101," a basic introduction to the subject. It served as an art book, a history book, and a reference book, but also fun to read, beautiful to look at, and filled with good humor and good sense. After twenty years of faithful service, it's been expanded and brought up-to-date with photographs of more than 1,600 pots from more than 1,600 years. It shows every pottery-producing group in the Southwest, complete with maps that show where each group lives. Now updated, rewritten, and re-photographed, it's a comprehensive study as well as a basic introduction to the art.

Native American Hunting, Fighting and Survival Tools (Hardcover): Monte Burch Native American Hunting, Fighting and Survival Tools (Hardcover)
Monte Burch
R509 R426 Discovery Miles 4 260 Save R83 (16%) Out of stock

Here is the most comprehensive guide yet to making your own Native American tools and weapons. A valuable reference for these ancient arts, Making Native American Hunting, Fighting, and Survival Tools takes you through the steps of the basic flint-knapping of arrowheads and scrapers to the most complex decorating and finishing techniques of painting and fletching. Also included are chapters on material, tools, and the workplace.
The history of the implements is provided, along with a primer on working with flint. Complete instruction is then given on:
digging tools
axes
knives
hide scrapers
spear points
arrowheads
baskets and packs
chisels
harpoons
hooks and line
fish traps
fish nets
spear throwers
slings blow guns
bolas
rabbit sticks
game clubs
traps and snares decoys
calls
spears
darts
bows
arrows
tomahawks
clubs
daggers
lances
shields
Richly illustrated with photographs and line illustrations, Making Native American Hunting, Fighting, and Survival Tools is perfect for the survivalist, historian, student, or Native American enthusiast.

North, South, East, West - American Indians and the Natural World (Hardcover, New edition): Marsha Bol North, South, East, West - American Indians and the Natural World (Hardcover, New edition)
Marsha Bol
R824 Discovery Miles 8 240 Out of stock

Vibrant photographs and moving quotes give tangible expression to a rich heritage of Native American beliefs and customs, and demonstrate how Native groups maintain viable cultures within modern-day America.

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