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Author Meyn, Susan L., 1942-

Title More than curiosities : a grassroots history of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board and its precursors, 1920-1942 / Susan Labry Meyn.

Published Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, [2001]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  704.0397073 MEYN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 267 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 225-251) and index.
Summary Beginning in the 1920s anthropologists, traders, and other admirers of traditional Native American cultures--appalled by the degradation of fine crafts into tourist trinkets--began cultivating a fine-arts market for indigenous textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and basketry. In More Than Curiosities, Susan Labry Meyn explores how this grassroots revival led to the founding of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board in 1935. Meyn demonstrates how the Board and its activities--such as development and marketing of quality arts and crafts, targeted loan programs, and the creation of artisans' cooperatives--not only aided in the development of a source of sustained income for Native artists, but also were pivotal in overcoming the larger Euro-American indifference toward Native culture. Under the leadership of Ren d'Harnoncourt, the Board facilitated cross-cultural understanding and provided the mechanisms that allowed Native American artists to revive traditional practices and adapt them to an Anglo market. Meyn's novel study will become an invaluable contribution to scholars of the period, artists, and anyone interested in Native American studies.
Other author United States. Indian Arts and Crafts Board.
Subject Dormon, Caroline, 1888-1971. -- Correspondence.
Marriott, Alice, 1910-1992. -- Correspondence.
D'Harnoncourt, Rene, 1901-1968. -- Correspondence.
United States. Indian Arts and Crafts Board -- History -- Sources.
Indian art -- United States -- History.
Indian handicraft industries -- United States -- History.
Indian business enterprises -- United States -- History.
Tourism -- United States -- History.
United States -- Civilization -- Indian influences.
ISBN 0739102494 (cloth : alk. paper)