Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum

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This fine catalog of an exhibition held in 2002-2003, in several locations will be of interest to general readers as well as scholars of Native American art. The essays consider issues of collecting and display, Salem's Peabody Essex Museum, and Native American perspectives on the display of their art in the museum setting. Following the essays, the catalog of works is arranged by region, with an essay for each section. The catalog was published by the American Federation of Arts, which organized the exhibition along with the Peabody Essex Museum, in association with the U. of Washington Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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John R. Grimes is curator of Native American art and culture at the Peabody Essex Musem, Salem, Massachusetts. Christian F. Feest is professor of anthropology at the University of Frankfurt, Germany. Mary Lou Curran is an associate curator at the Peabody Essex Museum. Other contributors include Thomas "Red Owl" Haukaas, Richard W. Hill Sr., Doreen Jensen, Duane H. King, Karen Kramer, Gerald McMaster, Peter L. Macnair, Ramiro Matos, and Jay Stewart.

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In the glorious period of great sailing ships, New England mariners brought back treasures from far lands. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, grew out of the East India Marine Society's desire, in 1799, to protect such "curiosities" in a museum. Later additions, including modern Native American works, have since filled out the collection. This book commemorates the opening of a new permanent gallery for Native American art. Three excellent essays introduce the history of collecting in general, the growth of collections of Native Americana, and the evolution of the Peabody Essex. Another essay on modern Native American art points the way to the future. Following are 119 glowing plates of the individual objects, with extensive notes on each. Each geographic area represented is defined with a short essay. Though limited to one collection with some thin spots (e.g., there's little pottery or Southwest work, and not much from the Northeast tribes, who evidently seemed too commonplace to 18th- and 19th-century New Englanders), this is a good overview of Native American art. For larger public school libraries and art collections. Gay Neale, formerly with Southside Virginia Community Coll. Lib., Alta.
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