Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The progress of twenty-first century Native American visual artists towards autonomous creative identities
by Keith, Helena D., M.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 2013, 114; 1523688
Abstract (Summary)

Historically, Native American visual artists have had to face decisions about their artistic identities that reflected a conflict between their cultural heritage and modern sensibilities. This project focuses on the factors that are providing Native American artists with unique opportunities to reestablish independent creative identities. The research presented here is a comprehensive literature review comprised of analysis and commentary, and demonstrates that cultural forces across the globe are providing Native American artists with opportunities to explore modalities of visual expression without the limitations of longstanding misconceptions and stereotypes. The results of this study show that as the global culture aligns with concepts promoted by traditional Native American lifestyles, such as renewable, sustainable resources, cultural tolerance, integrated health maintenance and socio-economic collectivism, Native American visual artists are in a uniquely powerful position. Native Americans are becoming engaged in critical discourse, allowing them to self-identify as both Indians and modern artists.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hirsch, Gilah Yelin
Commitee: Donahoe, Myrna C., Shannon, Jacqueline
School: California State University, Dominguez Hills
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Fine arts, Art history, Native American studies
Keywords: Creative autonomy, Critical discourse, Global culture, Native american, Visual arts, Visual expression
Publication Number: 1523688
ISBN: 9781303312014
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