Art in Our Lives: Native Women Artists in Dialogue

Edited by Cynthia Chavez Lamar and Sherry Farrell Racette with Lara Evans

Art in Our Lives: Native Women Artists in DialogueArt in Our Lives: Native Women Artists in DialogueArt in Our Lives: Native Women Artists in Dialogue

Co-editor Sherry Farrell Racette observes in her contribution to Art in Our Lives that “unlike Chicana artists, for example, Native American women artists have not sought to speak collectively. Nor have we focused exclusively on female subjects. Like our male counterparts, we explore our relationships to our histories, our environments, and our colonizers. We revel in our media—paint, paper, beads, wool, clay, stone, film. But when we do explore the female, we explore its totality—both the pain and the joy.” In this extraordinary book, eleven contributors share “a frank and often moving discussion of the simple gifts and challenges of being a Native woman artist” that came about over the course of three seminars in 2007–2008.

Lavishly illustrated and including five essays, this unique volume documents the rich and sometimes painful complexity of the lives of Native women artists, with common threads such as home/place, transgression/boundaries, art as healing/art as struggle, pain/joy, art practice/work, and survival/colonization. Cynthia Chavez Lamar, director of the Indian Arts Research Center, is co-editor.

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