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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Visual Expressions of Native Womanhood: Acknowledging the Past, Present, and Future
by Badoni, Georgina, Ph.D., The University of Arizona, 2017, 169; 10619605
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation explores the artistic expressions of Native womanhood by Native women artists. The intention is to offer further examples of creative acts of resistance that strengthen Native identities, reinforce female empowerment, and reclaim voice, and art. This qualitative study utilized the narratives and the artwork of six Native women artists from diverse artistic practices and tribe/nation affiliations. Visual arts examples included in this study are digital images, muralism, Ledger art, beadworks, Navajo rugs, and Navajo jewelry. Through Kim Anderson’s theoretical Native womanhood identity formation model adopted as framework for this study, the results revealed three emergent themes: cultural connections, motherhood, and nurturing the future. Native women artists lived experiences shaped their visual expressions, influencing their materials, approach, subject matter, intentions, motivation and state of mind. This dissertation discloses Native womanhood framework is supportive of visual expressions created by Native women.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fox, Mary Jo Tippeconnic
Commitee: Garber, Elizabeth, Nicholas, Sheila
School: The University of Arizona
Department: American Indian Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Art education, Womens studies, Gender studies, Native American studies
Keywords: Native American art education, Native American visual culture, Native American women, Native American women artists
Publication Number: 10619605
ISBN: 978-0-355-16904-1
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