BEYOND TRADITION Contemporary Indian Art and Its Evolution
From the Jacket
“Native American artists today walk a pathway that has been traveled for thousands of years. In their memories lie the traditions of their ancestors, in their visions lie the horizons of the future. But as time-honored art forms are interpreted in contemporary designs and revolutionary colors, cultural heritage is never far beneath the surface. From that heritage comes important characteristics that make up each individual. From ancestors they receive artistic talent, from their culture, inspiration. And from somewhere deep within comes the courage and tenacity to pursue their dreams.”
Imagine the colors of the sky, the earth, the rainbow... imagine them captured on canvas, on clay, in wool, on wood, in silver, gold, and bronze... imagine them all, and see them in this book, one of the first to collect in one volume the artistic extensions of Native American culture as well as contemporary fine art created by people from a wide variety of native cultures: Hopi, Navajo, Tohono O'odham Apache, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Acoma, Zuni, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Comanche, Sac/Fox, Kiowa, and many more.
The evolution and inspiration for these art forms are clearly discussed, as are the works of individual artists. This is a sensitive, selective, and highly refined collection of sonic of the best work being created today by individuals who are dreamers and visionaries.