Honoring Art, Honoring [American Indian] Artists

February 9th, 2011  |  Published in Art  | 

O’siyo. For the first time in history, American Indian art work  displayed at the Denver Art Museum has been attributed to the individual artists as oppossed to just their tribes.

Excerpt: “It is a revolution in museum practice that many scholars hope will spread, raising the stature of American Indian artists and elevating their work from the category of artifacts to the more exalted realm of art…So the museum’s “Wild Man of the Woods” mask, made in 1900 and previously identified only as “Kwakiutl,” will be attributed to Willie Seaweed, a Canadian carver who died in 1967the Denver museum has now embraced attribution more completely and comprehensively than any other institution.”

Dan L. Monroe, executive director of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts stated,

“Recognizing that Native American art was made by individuals, not tribes, and labeling it accordingly, is a practice that is long overdue,”

We here at Talking-Feather feel it’s always good to hear  that (at least some) issues concerning American Indians  are slowly changing for the better.

Kudos to the Denver Art Museum for making this important change,  and to the New York Times for printing this information!

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