12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR
Art & Design Building 2026
Section Information for Spring 2020
This course provides a survey of the arts of native peoples in historical context. Organized both chronologically and geographically, the class will examine the visual arts of select tribes from the Arctic, Northwest Coast, Southwest, Plains, Northeast, and Southeast regions of North America, including parts of present-day Canada and the United States. Through examination of a wide variety of visual practices including painting, pottery, weaving and textiles, personal adornment, performance, and architecture/built environments, we will examine issues of class, status, gender, tribal identity, cosmology, and intercultural encounter within the arts of indigenous peoples. Chronologically the course ranges from pre-contact arts of North America to twentieth century and contemporary art, in which we will examine how historical traditions merge with cutting-edge practice.