Art of the Osage (inbunden)
Inbunden (Hardback)
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illustrated ed
University of Washington Press
Swan, Daniel C.
110 in color 140 illus
140 illus., 110 in color
273 x 222 x 25 mm
1224 g
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Art of the Osage (inbunden)

Art of the Osage

Inbunden Engelska, 2004-03-01
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The Osage people, who have flourished in several locations and within a multiplicity of environments in the American Midwest, have infused their arts with an aesthetic vigor bound to an exquisite simplicity. Art of the Osage, the first comprehensive presentation of the art of the Osage people, explores the interconnections among their material culture, social organization, cosmology, aesthetics, and rituals. This volume draws together over two centuries' worth of Osage art, tracing the patterns of Osage life and culture as they existed from contact to the present. The Osage people thrived in the central Mississippi Valley fur trade from the late seventeenth through the early nineteenth centuries, were forcibly relocated into northern Oklahoma in the nineteenth century, and prospered again from mineral and oil wealth in the twentieth century. As with other civilizations that have balanced abundance with hardship, the Osage experience yielded a highly refined artistic tradition, rich in meaning and complex in its commitment to utility. Cradle boards, headdresses, riding quirts and war clubs, beadwork and ribbon work, blankets, peyote fans, rattles, wedding garments, and dance costumes display the range and beauty of Osage material culture. In contrast to many other Native American artistic traditions, Osage art has never been commercialized: artisans have typically made items only for members of their families or other members of the Osage community. Although contemporary Osage art shows direct continuity in decorative motifs and basic forms with early historic Osage art, it is still a dynamic and evolving artistic tradition. Uninfluenced by external market forces, it represents one of a declining number of true indigenous living artistic traditions. The works illustrated here reveal the bold yet subtle aesthetic of Osage art, one of the most distinctive and significant Native artistic traditions in the United States.
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The images contained in this book are beautiful! The accompanying text is well written and insightful. It provides important understandings of an art form centered in community life, uninfluenced by external commercial forces. * Arts & Activities * A guided tour of an Osage art museum contained between two covers. * The Chronicles of Oklahoma * A meaningful exploration into a tribal cosmology that bursts into life with all the color and excitement of a fireworks display. [Highly recommended] for its sensitivity, beautiful presentation, and outstanding format. * Multicultural Review * The book is more than a catalog. It features a series of well-written essays that vivify the Osage's daily life, cosmology, and religion. [T]he book is essential for Native American collections. . * Library Journal * Though Art of the Osages is a beautifully illustrated compendium of images representing both traditional and modern Osage artworks, its greater contribution lies in the guidance it provides to an appreciation of the cultural context in which those materials were produced. Perhaps the most important feature of the book is that it succeeds in getting this information across to general audiences even as it stimulates the interests of specialists. * Museum Anthropology *

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Garrick Bailey is professor of anthropology at the University of Tulsa. Daniel C. Swan , former chief curator of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is associate professor of anthropology and director of the Chucalissa Museum at the University of Memphis. Distinguished Osage oral historian and artist E. Sean StandingBear was selected by the Osage Tribal Council for this project. John W. Nunley is the organizing curator of the Art of the Osage exhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum and author of Caribbean Festival Arts: Each and Every Bit of Difference and other books.


Foreword--Brent R. BenjaminAcknowledgments--John W. NunleyIntroduction--Garrick Bailey1. Early Osage Art and History--Garrick Bailey2. Osage Cosmology--Garrick Bailey3. Osage Daily Life: Living Life as a Prayer--Garrick Bailey4. The Osage Peyote Religion--Daniel C. Swan5. The Richest People in the World--Garrick Bailey6. Osage Dancing Societies and Organizations7. Osage Aethetics--A Curatorial View--John W. Nunley, E. Sean StandingBearNotesReferencesIndexPhotography Credits