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Switchbacks

Art, Ownership, and Nuxalk National Identity

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Switchbacks

Art, Ownership, and Nuxalk National Identity

Switchbacks explores how the Nuxalk of Bella Coola, British Columbia, negotiate such complex questions as: Who owns culture? How should culture be transmitted to future generations? Where does selling and buying Nuxalk art fit into attempts to regain control of heritage?

168 pages


Table of Contents

Maps

Acknowledgments

Prologue: The Repatriation of the Nuxalk Echo Mask

1 Introduction

2 The History of Bella Coola: A History of Theft

3 “Selling Out” or “Buying In”? Identity Politics and Art Objectification in Bella Coola

4 Privileged Knowledge versus Public Education: Tensions at Acwsalcta, the Nuxalk Nation “Place of Learning”

5 Physical and Figurative Repatriation: Case Studies of the Nuxalk Echo Mask and the Nuxalk Sun Mask

6 Theft Inside and Out: The Making of a Theory

7 Conclusions: Articulating Nuxalk National Identity

Notes

References

Index

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