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Rugs and Silver, Artists and Craftsmen

Title: Rugs and Silver, Artists and Craftsmen: The Development of Artistic Autonomy in Southwestern Native American Art.
Name(s): Sunnergren, Victoria A., author
Department of Art History
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2015
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The two styles that best exemplify the cultural interaction integral to the artistic development of Native American art in the American southwest are Navajo weaving and Hopi silver overlay. These two styles show that the development of Native American art styles in the American southwest is the result of hundreds of years of social interaction and artistic experimentation. While much has been written on Navajo weaving, and to a lesser extent on Hopi silver overlay, this will be among the first scholarly works to link the two as similar models for the development of art styles under the forces of cultural interaction, and to link those models to the expression of gendered and racial identities in artwork. The somewhat surprising results of this research, as demonstrated here, is that what is perceived as traditional design has its roots in the dictates of early traders and other non-natives, and that contemporary artists in these fields are utilizing these techniques for autonomous artistic expression, in some cases defying assumptions of traditional gendered roles. This paper benefits greatly from my fieldwork during the summers of 2014 and 2015, which includes personal interviews and interactions with traders and artists, as well as general knowledge gained from time spent among the Native American arts community in the southwest. This paper also builds on existing research by art historians and anthropologists in many ways.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0451 (IID)
Keywords: Navajo weaving, Hopi silver, Hopi overlay, Native American art
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Art History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2016.
Date of Defense: November 23, 2015.
Subject(s): Architecture, American
Art, American
Gender expression
Gender identity
United States -- History
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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Sunnergren, V. A. (2015). Rugs and Silver, Artists and Craftsmen: The Development of Artistic Autonomy in Southwestern Native American Art. Retrieved from