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FEL-257163-18
Buffalo Dancer: The Biography of a 19th-Century Print by Karl Bodmer
Kristine Ronan,

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“The Five Village Alliance and Numak'aki Buffalo Robes, 1781–1837” (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: “The Five Village Alliance and Numak'aki Buffalo Robes, 1781–1837”
Author: Kristine K. Ronan
Abstract: This paper presents my findings regarding Numak'aki [Mandan, now Nu'eta] painted buffalo robes from the Five Village Alliance period (1781–1837) along the Upper Missouri River. Closely looking at materials and designs, a pattern emerges that suggests these robes bore cosmological imagery that was then overlaid with political meanings during the Five Village Alliance, a political and military agreement between five earthlodge villages of Numak'aki and neighboring Minitari [Hidatsa] peoples that emerged after the smallpox epidemic of 1781. Utilizing ka-ka (elder) interviews from the 1830s and 1910s as well as historical Nu'eta language, this paper advocates for a “local art history” (Fred Myers, Painting Culture) that seeks to understand historical Native-made objects through the terms and beliefs of a specific local community. In contrast to the dominant iconographic methods of Native art history, where a symbol has a singular interpretation and political possibilities have been ignored, this paper analyzes these robes as creative material records that bear the marks of specific Native historical experience and practice. Created during a period of massive historical change and survival pressures, Numak'aki robes potentially visualized the political and social creativity, flexibility, and adaptation that underwrote Native survivance and the Alliance itself.
Date: 05/17/2018
Conference Name: NAISA Annual Conference 2018

"Painting Print: N. C. Wyeth's Illustrations for The Last of the Mohicans (1919)" (Book Section)
Title: "Painting Print: N. C. Wyeth's Illustrations for The Last of the Mohicans (1919)"
Author: Kristine K. Ronan
Editor: Jessica May and Christine B. Podmaniczky
Abstract: This exhibition catalog contribution uses the endpaper illustration for The Last of the Mohicans as a starting point for an examination of N. C. Wyeth’s depictions of Native Americans. Viewing the work within the context of contemporaries such as Frederic Remington, George de Forest Brush, and E. I. Couse, this essay considers how print media played a role in authenticating a generalized Native culture for American audiences, far removed from the material and social realities of Native communities.
Year: 2019
Primary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1055263692
Primary URL Description: WorldCat
Secondary URL: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300243680/n-c-wyeth
Secondary URL Description: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Book Title: N. C. Wyeth: New Perspectives
ISBN: 9780300243680

"On the Perils of Being Folk in the Age of Pop" (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "On the Perils of Being Folk in the Age of Pop"
Abstract: This talk develops the notion of "undisciplining," or the refusal to order or resolve art through the tools of art history (based on the work of Darby English), in relation to largely marginalized artists of color from the 1960s.
Author: Kristine K. Ronan
Date: 02/28/2019
Location: LACMA

"Writing Native/American Art History: A Foray into Undisciplining" (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Writing Native/American Art History: A Foray into Undisciplining"
Abstract: This talk tackles the problematics of writing Native American art history as an intellectual discipline, through the work of Luseino artist Fritz Scholder.
Author: Kristine K. Ronan
Date: 03/07/2019
Location: The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA

"Pop Goes the Archive: Revisiting Fritz Scholder's Indian Kitsch (1979)" (Public Lecture or Presentation)
Title: "Pop Goes the Archive: Revisiting Fritz Scholder's Indian Kitsch (1979)"
Abstract: This talk explores the 1979 Indian Kitsch photo essay of Luseino artist Fritz Scholder, arguing that the project must be understood within the long continuum of Native portraiture across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Author: Kristine K. Ronan
Date: 03/21/2019
Location: University of Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA


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