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Robin K Wright
ART H 233
Seattle Campus

Survey of Native Art of the Pacific Northwest Coast

Surveys indigenous art of the Pacific Northwest Coast from the Columbia River in the south to Southeast Alaska in the north and from ancient through contemporary times. Focuses on the historical and cultural contexts of the art and the stylistic differences between tribal and individual artists' styles.

Class description

This course will survey the indigenous arts of the Pacific Northwest Coast from the Columbia River in the south to Southeast Alaska in the north and from ancient through contemporary times, focusing on the historical and cultural contexts of the arts and the stylistic differences between tribal and individual artists' styles.

Student learning goals

Knowledge of the history of the arts and cultures of the Pacific Northwest Coast Native peoples, and skills which will enhance the appreciation of these arts and the ability to recognize different tribal and individual artists’ styles.

Understanding 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.

Familiarity with 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.

Knowledge of 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, discussion sections, assigned readings, class assignments, papers, tests.

Recommended preparation

Background in Native American art history or other fields in art history desireable, but not required.

Class assignments and grading

Tests will be a combination of slide identification, short answer and essay questions. The Midterm, Paper and Project must all be completed. Failure to do so will result in a zero for the course.

Tests and other assignments will be graded on percentage basis (not on a curve) with the following point scale: A (4.0-3.5) 100-90% B (3.4-2.5) 89-80% C (2.4-1.5) 79-70% D (1.4-0.7) 69-60% F (0.6-0.0) below 59%


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.
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Last Update by Robin K Wright
Date: 03/03/2014