Resources selected for these topics by Mary Dobson, Faculty, Design and Visual Arts.
Artists & Artisans
These resouces provide information on the artists, their commissions, their gallery showings, and the business of promoting and selling.
The Seriousness of Play by Levell, N.
Call Number: N 6549 Y34 L48 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Through the art of Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, this book explores the multiple forms, materialities and meaning of Haida Manga as it playfully mutates through repurposed automobile parts, large-scale public art projects, mixed media sculptures and two-dimensional painted and graphic forms. Haida Manga combines traditional Native Northwest Coast designs and form-lines with manga (or manhwa) to create a distinctive and dynamic artform for re-telling oral histories and addressing contemporary issues surrounding land, cultural memory, ecological destruction and the politics of belonging, ownership and identity.
These resources are an overview of key goods (functional and decorative) that reflect the values and aesthetics of Indigenous culture. Includes painting, basket making, carving, and clothing.
Listing of Indigenous resources on artwork. Selection of resources below.
Dwellings and Lifestyle
The resources below include both historic and present day approaches to housing, meal preparation and grooming, gathering, and the concept of the family home.
Dwellings & Lifestyle
Listing of Indigenous resources on dwellings and lifestyles. Selection of resources below.
Call Number: E 77 A152 2004 DVD Barrie
Publication Date: 2004
Presents a history of Native American peoples of North America, their leaders, customs, political systems, and lifestyles using accounts of events and dramatization.
Aboriginal architecture, living architecture by Rickard, P. M. (director)
Call Number: GN414 .A15 2005 DVD Barrie
Publication Date: 2005
Features a tour of tour of seven Aboriginal communities (Pueblo, Mohawk, Inuit, Crow, Navajo, Coast Salish and Haida). Discusses traditional Indigenous architecture in the work of today's modern Indigenous architects, who are turning to ancient forms, adapting them in response to changes in the natural and social environment and creating contemporary structures that hearken to the past.
Home in the City by Anderson, A. B.
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 2013
During the past several decades, the Aboriginal population of Canada has become so urbanized that today, the majority of First Nations and Métis people live in cities. Home in the City provides an in-depth analysis of urban Aboriginal housing, living conditions, issues, and trends. Home in the City focuses on Saskatoon, which has both one of the highest proportions of Aboriginal residents in the country and the highest percentage of Aboriginal people living below the poverty line..
Making Home Work by Simonsen, J. E.
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 2006
During the westward expansion of America, white middle-class ideals of home and domestic work were used to measure differences between white and Native American women. Yet the vision of America as "home" was more than a metaphor for women's stake in the process of conquest--it took deliberate work to create and uphold. Treating white and indigenous women's struggles as part of the same history, Jane E. Simonsen argues that as both cultural workers and domestic laborers insisted upon the value of their work to "civilization," they exposed the inequalities integral to both the nation and the household.
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