Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Toward the Origins of Peyote Beadwork
by Hubbell, Gerald R., A.M., University of Missouri - Kansas City, 2018, 104; 10816114
Abstract (Summary)

Peyote beadwork is a nuanced and elegant art form. Hundreds of thousands of people today use peyote beadwork, including the Native American Church, powwow people, gourd dancers and Native Americans wanting a marker of Native Identity. Mainstream society has relegated this art form to the status of craft. It is virtually unstudied in the academic world. This paper accepts that objects so decorated are art, that is, expressions that are a means of communication among humans, and both a sacred art as well as a means of establishing cultural identity. The lack of academic study has led to hypotheses about its origin that obscure rather than reveal how it began. This paper aims to describe when and by whom the beadwork began, as well as how it was first disseminated.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wahlman, Maude S.
Commitee: Hartman, Joseph, Prue, Robert
School: University of Missouri - Kansas City
Department: Art History
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art history, Modern history, Native American studies
Keywords: Gourd stitch, Native american church, Oklahoma, Peyote beadwork
Publication Number: 10816114
ISBN: 978-0-355-95815-7
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