Native American Art Studies Association Conference Preview

Later this month we’re heading to Santa Fe, New Mexico for the annual meeting of the Native American Art Studies Association (NAASA) from September 30-October 3. If you are attending the conference, come by our booth in the exhibit hall to browse our new titles and to meet Senior Acquisitions Editor Regan Huff.

Take a look at our new Native American studies and Art and Art History subject brochures. Even if you can’t attend the meeting, you can take advantage of our 30% conference discount on all Native Studies titles! Just order online or call 1-800-537-5487 and use promo code WST1601.

We will be featuring our recently published titles in our new Indigenous Confluences series, which publishes cutting-edge works on themes common among indigenous communities of North America and the Pacific Coast, and in our Native Art of the Pacific Northwest: A Bill Holm Center Series, which publishes important new research on the Native art and culture of the Pacific Northwest, as well as these other new and forthcoming titles:

In the Spirit of the Ancestors: Contemporary Northwest Coast Art at the Burke Museum
Edited by Robin K. Wright and Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse

New in Paperback

Showcasing a selection of objects from the Burke Museum’s collection of more than 2,400 late-twentieth- and early-twenty-first century Native American works. Essays focus on contemporary art while exploring the important historical precedents on which so many artists rely for training and inspiration.

Indian Baskets of Northern California and Oregon
By Ralph Shanks
Edited by Lisa Woo Shanks

Indian Baskets of Northern California and Oregon is a richly illustrated, detailed study of the Native American basketry of this fascinating region. The book is the result of decades of research by Ralph Shanks who is a careful scholar and delightful author.The book covers the basketry of the Yurok, Hupa, Karuk, Wiyot, Tolowa, Wintu, Yana, Atsugewi, and other California cultures. It also details the baskets of Oregon peoples including the Klamath, Kalapuya, Wasco, Coos, Tillamook, Tututni, and others. The book features nearly 200 previously unpublished color photographs of baskets of Northern California and Oregon from museums and private collections in the United States and Europe.

Symbolic Immortality: The Tlingit Potlatch of the Nineteenth Century
By Sergei Kan

An updated and expanded edition of the most comprehensive analysis of the mortuary practices of the Tlingit Indians of southeastern Alaska–or any other indigenous culture of the Northwest Coast. Symbolic Immortality furthers our understanding of the potlatch (koo.éex’) as a total social phenomenon, with emotional and religious as well as economic and sociopolitical dimensions. The result is a major contribution to both Northwest Coast ethnology and theoretical literature on the anthropology of death.