So Much More Than Art

Indigenous Miniatures of the Pacific Northwest

Jack Davy

So Much More Than Art

Jack Davy

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

224 pages | 28 halftones, 7 tables, 3 figures | 6 x 9
Cloth $89.95 ISBN: 9780774866552 Will Publish November 2021 For sale in USA only
A dive into the political, cultural, and aesthetic significance of Indigenous miniatures.
 
A hallmark of Indigenous art in the Pacific Northwest, miniature figurines depicting canoes, houses, and people have often puzzled scholars of material culture. Drawing on firsthand research and conversations with contemporary artists, So Much More Than Art clarifies the aesthetic and political meanings of this misunderstood practice. Jack Davy reveals how miniatures function as objects of political satire, cultural resilience, and even objects of political and cultural negotiation. This nuanced study highlights the significance of miniaturization to the history of Indigenous peoples in the Pacific Northwest.
 
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Karen Duffek, Museum of Anthropology at University of British Columbia
So Much More Than Art goes beyond other studies by demonstrating how Northwest Coast Indigenous artists use and have used miniaturization not only as an artistic practice but in provoking interventions in social relations and as a strategy of communication and resistance in the face of colonialism.”
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