The Way of Inuit Art Aesthetics and History In and Beyond the Arctic
This book is about the cultural and multi-cultural influences that have affected the production of Inuit art. I lend particular attention to Western theoretical, methodological, and aesthetic contexts and concepts such as evolutionism, diffusionism, shamanism, modernism, post-modernism, and multi-culturalism as factors in the archaeology, revitalization, documentation, and representation of Inuit art. The first three chapters of this seven-chapter volume include research on prehistoric Inuit art that I started as an undergraduate and MA student, while the latter half of the book presents research I conducted as part of my PhD dissertation. The final two chapters present interview material I gathered during fieldwork in the Arctic in 1988 from Inuit artists about their own art and about that of non-Native Canadian artist Nicola Wojewoda.