A catalog and memoir combining photographs, analytical descriptions, and the author's anecdotes about the artists represented in her collection of arctic art, now part of the University of Alaska's Museum. The catalog covers the spectrum of Eskimo painting, graphic art, basketry, wood carving, skin and cloth sewing, dolls, engraved ivory from 1866 to the present, and masks. The volume is published to accompany the University of Alaska arctic art exhibit in June 1996. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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This highly informative work describes one anthropologist/collector's holdings of Alaskan Eskimo and Canadian Inuit artifacts. The publication is at once unusual yet valuable because the collector herself is the author of the catalog: Ray turns nearly 50 years of ethnographic investigation into lyric memoir. Objects from her collection range from everyday, utilitarian items to aesthetically sensitive stone carvings. Ray's extensive knowledge of these works brings a new dimension to how readers can understand art production in the Arctic. She discusses tourist goods and their economic importance and is equally adept at tracing key developments in print and doll making, basketry, sewing, picture writing, and scrimshaw carving. A rich portrait of indigenous life in the far north emerges, making this catalog an insightful addition to the growing literature on Eskimo and Inuit material culture. For academic and specialized collections.?Paula A. Baxter, NYPL
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Book Description Univ of Washington Pr, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110295975075
Book Description Univ of Washington Pr, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0295975075