Douglas & McIntyre
Understanding Northwest Coast Art

Book details:

June 2000
ISBN 978-1-55054-782-5
Paperback - Trade
6 1/4" x 9"
192 pages
Art
Art / Aboriginal Art
Social Science / Anthropology
$22.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Understanding Northwest Coast Art

A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

A handy, dictionary-style reference guide to identifying and understanding the symbols, crests and beings depicted in Northwest Coast Native works of art such as totem poles, masks and prints.


The first section of this book features an alphabetical list of words relating to Northwest Coast art, with definitions, descriptions and explanations and synopses of the major myths associated with them. As an aid to identification and understanding, many of the crests, beings and symbols are illustrated in the 60 black-and-white reproductions of contemporary works of art. The entries cover everything: crests such as Eagle, Dogfish or Dragonfly; ancestral beings such as Creek Woman or Thunderbird; mythic beings such as Raven, the Chief of the Undersea or Cedar Man; and super-natural beings such as Death-Bringer. The second section offers descriptions of the art styles and types of decorated objects created by the various Northwest Coast cultural groups. Easy to use and easy to read, this volume is an essential source for understanding and visually identifying the underlying themes and subjects of Northwest Coast Native art.

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Cheryl Shearar

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