Indigenous Arts: Women Artists of the Northwest Coast (1750 -2016)


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From Ravenstail and Chilkat robes and button blankets to hats and baskets for every reason, Northwest Coast women have always created from a wealth of indigenous materials. While historically women did not carve poles or masks, this changed profoundly in the 20th century so that now an examination of First Nations women artists includes carvers, printmakers, engravers, jewellers, textile designers and more. In this course, we will consider the art as first encountered by Spanish, British and American explorers and traders in the 18th century and trace the innovation and change as the period of contact came to the Northwest Coast. A selection of important 20th and 21st century women artists, such as Ellen Neel, Freda Diesing and Susan Point, will be studied. Each lecture will provide many examples of artwork from private, as well as public, collections.

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RELATED TO: Art History