Art History 206 Bunn-Marcuse Reading Questions Berlo & Phillips: Chapter One: An Introduction to the Indigenous Arts of North America 1) What definition of “art” are Berlo & Phillips proposing? Does their definition incorporate both the European and the Native understanding of the word? 2) How do Native definitions of the sacredness of certain objects and the repatriation of those objects clash with European concepts of art and art collection? How have European and American collection practices shaped the formation of a Native American art history? 3) Berlo and Phillips provide a Native American view of the cosmos. What generalizations can be made about this world view? What aspects are commonly shared by Native people and how are they different (or similar) to European and Euro-American views of the cosmos and man’s role within the universe? 4) How has tradition, change, innovation, or trade affected Native American art and how are these concepts viewed by collectors, artists, scholars, or consumers? 5) How do European hierarchical classifications of art differ from Native American understandings of art? What questions about gender roles do these classifications raise?
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