Wednesday, June 3, 2015

How We Still Look At and Talk About Indians and Their Art

May, 12, 2015.
Patricia Marroquin Norby and Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, or We're History, have written a thoughtful article about how American Indian art is currently written about and how it often perpetuates marginalizing stereotypes which were popular during the 1850's.

"While much of the commentary surrounding this exhibition has been laudatory – and there is much to praise – the reviewers have also employed tired tropes, language that could just as likely be found in nineteenth-century dime novels and melodramatic odes to the “noble savage.” Taken together, these reviews show the persistence and power of that language. They tell us that as a society, we’ve made little progress in moving beyond worn out stereotypes bequeathed from centuries past."

To read the full articleclick here.

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