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Fakes, Replicas, and Other Vexed Identities in Native American Art History
Janet Berlo, University of Rochester
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Navajo Sandpainting in the Age of Cross-Cultural Replication (Article)
Title: Navajo Sandpainting in the Age of Cross-Cultural Replication
Author: Berlo, Janet C.
Abstract: This essay examines more than 100 years of collaboration between Navajo sandpainters and non-Native interlocutors, and the circulation of sacred images not only within Navajo culture but also outside of the Navajo contexts where they are made for use in healing. Together, some Navajo medicine men and their non-Native collaborations sought to introduce the aesthetic beauty and philosophical intricacy of an ephemeral art used in ceremony to a wider audience, via drawings, paintings, silkscreen prints and textiles. Consideration is given to the way that replicas, copies, and translations were made in the early twentieth century. In some cases, this was a fraught topic then, and it has become even more complicated today.
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Periodical Title: Art History
American Indian Masks, Real and Fake: Ethics and Cultural Property in the 21st Century (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: American Indian Masks, Real and Fake: Ethics and Cultural Property in the 21st Century
Abstract: This lecture discusses the high-profile sales of Hopi and Zuni masks in Paris auction houses in 2013. Such auctions were criticized in the international press, for the sales were of sacred masks. Yet, according to some experts, it is likely that some of the masks were modern replicas. Issues of inter-cultural ethics, replication and repatriation will be covered, with reference made to several Native American groups.
Author: Janet C. Berlo
Location: Terra Foundation and American Embassy, Paris, France