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Roy Boney 2006, pencil, 18" x 24"

“Knowing Native Arts”

A quick succession of developments in technology, legislation, educational attainment, professional organizations and individual professional gains has resulted in a new environment for the reception of Native American and Indigenous arts. What are the major frames with which we can track and understand these unfolding events and their significance?

“Knowing Native Arts” identifies and debates the central frames of Native arts analysis addressing the following topics: the institution of the museum and the academy, forms of Indigenous aesthetic analysis, the receptive scope of Native arts in new global and digital realms, and models of exhibition practices in light of current American Indian Curatorial mandates.

“Knowing Native Arts” identifies and debates the central frames of Native arts analysis by addressing the museum and the academy, global impacts, unique aesthetic registers and exhibition practices over the past three decades. This insider’s perspective to understanding the significance of Indigenous arts in national and global contexts is presented in a narrative essay format that engages illustrative case-study examples.

Submitted to the University of Nebraska Press, 2018.