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Dawn R Glinsmann
ANTH 331
Seattle Campus

Native Art of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Survey of the indigenous arts of the Pacific Northwest Coast from the Columbia River in the south to Southeast Alaska in the north. Overview of ancient through contemporary times, focusing on the historical and cultural contexts of the arts and the stylistic differences between tribal and individual artists' styles. Offered: jointly with ART H 331.

Class description

Students will explore the arts and cultures of many different indigenous Pacific Northwest Coast peoples. They will study specific traditional styles of architecture, monumental carving, masking, weaving, and diverse other forms of expression. They will gain an awareness of the changes brought about by early contact with Europeans and ongoing contact with Euro-American and Euro-Canadian culture. They will become informed about contemporary issues to which today’s Native artists respond through their work in a variety of traditional and innovative media. They will develop critical thinking skills to discern literature that makes erroneous assumptions about Native culture, both of the past and today.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Slide illustrated lectures and class discussion of reading assignments.

Recommended preparation

Recommended: Art H 206, AIS 311

Class assignments and grading

Emphasis on class participation. Assigned readings and videos, quizzes, midterm, term paper, final exam.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Dawn R Glinsmann
Date: 10/22/2004