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Cathy Robbins Thinking Aloud

Contemporary American Indian Arts

The Chapel of Pablo Tac

Contemporary American Indian arts are now undergoing "a galactic explosion" of native artists as individuals, says Ramona Sakiestewa, a Hopi innovator in fiber. For more than a century, Americans and Europeans have gobbled up the "traditional" menu of Plains buckskin shirts, Navajo jewelry, and Northwestern masks, for instance. But today, American Indian artists are venturing into dramatically new directions. As I show in my book All Indians Do Not Live in Teepees (or Casinos) this is an exciting time for American Indian arts.  Read More 
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