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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
The Ancestors: Native Artisans of the Americas is an illustrated catalog produced for a 1979 exhibition of the Museum of the American Indian which had as its purpose the exploration of the interrelationships between the arts and the cultures which produce them. This catlog [catalog] is refreshing in its thoroughness and in the way the artwork is integrated with the text. Exhibition catalogs often begin with a scholarly introduction and follow with hundreds of photographs of museum pieces only briefly identified. By contrast, The Ancestors begins with a series of color plates and follows with seven specific chapters on the divisions of the exhibition: the Painter, the Feather-worker, the Carver, the Goldsmith, the Basketmaker, the Weaver, and the Potter.
Copyright, ©EES, The National Association for Ethnic Studies, 1983