Not Native American Art: Fakes, Replicas, and Invented Traditions (Hardcover)

Not Native American Art: Fakes, Replicas, and Invented Traditions By Janet Catherine Berlo, Joe Horse Capture (Foreword by) Cover Image

Not Native American Art: Fakes, Replicas, and Invented Traditions (Hardcover)


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The faking of Native American art objects has proliferated as their commercial value has increased, but even a century ago experts were warning that the faking of objects ranging from catlinite pipes to Chumash sculpture was rampant. Through a series of historical and contemporary case studies, Janet Catherine Berlo engages with troubling and sometimes confusing categories of inauthenticity.

Based on decades of research as well as interviews with curators, collectors, restorers, replica makers, reenactors, and Native artists and cultural specialists, Not Native American Art examines the historical and social contexts within which people make replicas and fakes or even invent new objects that then become "traditional." Berlo follows the unexpected trajectories of such objects, including Northwest Coast carvings, "Navajo" rugs made in Mexico, Zuni mask replicas, Lakota-style quillwork, and Mimbres bowl forgeries. With engaging anecdotes, the book offers a rich and nuanced understanding of a surprisingly wide range of practices that makers have used to produce objects that are "not Native American art."

Janet Catherine Berlo is professor emerita of art history and visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester. She is editor of The Early Years of Native American Art History and coauthor of Native North American Art, along with many exhibition catalogues over the last four decades. Joe Horse Capture (A'aniiih) is Vice President of Native Collections and Ahmanson Curator of Native American History and Culture at the Autry Museum of the American West.
Product Details ISBN: 9780295751368
ISBN-10: 0295751363
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication Date: September 26th, 2023
Pages: 360
Language: English