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Robin K Wright
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

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.

Student learning goals

1. An understanding of the history of the arts and cultures of the indigenous Pacific Northwest Coast peoples, and skills which will enhance the appreciation of these arts and the ability to recognize different tribal and individual artists' styles.

2. An awareness of the changing roles of art and indigenous artists on the Pacific Northwest Coast as a result of contact with Euro-American and Euro-Canadian cultures.

3. An overview of some of the major issues that have arisen, particularly regarding concerns about cultural identity, the suppression of native culture and the outlawing of religious and ceremonial practices, the impact of tourism and white patrons on the art market, the legacy of colonialism and issues of repatriation.

4. An appreciation for the ways artists have mediated these issues through the arts, the role art plays in the lives of Pacific Northwest Coast peoples today, and the wide variety of media, styles and subjects represented in contemporary Northwest Coast art.

General method of instruction

Slide illustrated lectures on MWF Small disscussion sections with teaching assistants on T/Th

Recommended preparation

ArtH 206 Recommended

Class assignments and grading

Assigned readings 2 quizzes 1 Midterm 1 paper or project Final exam

25% Midterm 10% Quizzes 10% Discussion section participation 25% Paper or Project 30% Final exam


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Last Update by Robin K Wright
Date: 09/01/2009