Thursday, November 20, 2008

Alaska Native Art

Fair, S.W. (2006). Alaska Native Art. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.

Susan W. Fair is an original, brilliant woman, who just did not bring artwork alive, but brought life to native artists, who were neglected to scholarly studies. She includes in her book the years of experience she had working with Alaska Native artists. She represents a particular contribution to our understanding of Alaska Native art. There are many great descriptions of the artwork and the artists. My relative, Ellen Savage is in this book, famous for her doll making. She was Deg Hit’an Athabascan from Holy Cross. Most everyone loved her dolls for their uniqueness. The dolls were used for play, but nowadays they are used for display. That is an example of what this book contains. This book has a lot of beautiful art that makes me want to read the whole thing. I have not seen or heard of many of the art that are included in this book.

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