Lea S. McChesney

2015
Artisans and Advocacy in the Global MarketSAR Press PublicationArtisans and Advocacy in the Global Market: Walking the Heart Path

Contributors to this book explore how crafts — pottery, weaving, basketmaking, storytelling — in Middle America and beyond are a means of making an intangible cultural heritage visible, material, and enduring. Each contribution shows how social science research can evolve into advocacy, collaboration, and friendship.

2012
No Deal!SAR Press PublicationNo Deal!: Indigenous Arts and the Politics of PossessionNo Deal! encompasses a diverse group of artists, curators, art historians, and anthropologists from Australia and North America in order to investigate social relations of possession through the artifacts and motifs of Indigenous expressive culture. The contributors speak from the standpoints of Indigenous systems of knowledge as well as from western epistemologies and their institutions, interrogating what it means to “own culture.” The case studies in this volume contribute to notions of “ownership” and “possession” through the lens of art and its associated rights to production, circulation, performance, and representation.
2012, October 3–4
Artisan Production and the World MarketShort SeminarArtisan Production and the World Market: Collaborating in Theory, Methods, and PracticeThe purpose of this seminar, a collaborative arrangement between SAR and the Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), was to bring together an interdisciplinary, intercultural group of artisans and the scholars who work with them to discuss the production, marketing, and consumption of crafts and boutique food products.


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