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A rich study of Native American aesthetics, art, media, and identity. This is a print-on-demand title. Steven Leuthold opens with a theoretically informed discussion of the core concepts of aesthetics and indigenous culture and then turns to detailed examination of the work of American Indian documentary filmmakers, including George Burdeau and Victor Masayesva, Jr. He shows how Native filmmaking incorporates traditional concepts such as the connection to place, to the sacred, and to the cycles of nature. While these concepts now find expression through Westernized media, they also maintain continuity with earlier aesthetic productions.
What happens when a Native or indigenous person turns a video camera on his or her own culture? Are the resulting images different from what a Westernized filmmaker would create. His book is a real 'eye-opener' for those who love but don't really understand artistic creativity. It is an equally significant introduction to Native American filmmaking and to Indian art in general. Tom Holm, Professor of American Indian Studies, University of Arizona).
Unfortunately, he relies on white scholars to describe Native political systems. This is especially glaring when we have such stellar scholars as Vine Deloria J. David Wilkins, and Gerald Alfred to draw on. In the context of the political, Leuthold examines the role of the media in Native communities. He extends this examination of media use in Native communities by analyzing early efforts in documentary films. He discusses the differences between documentaries.
L euthold has captured an understanding of Native life that is rarely presented to the outside world. In this way, Native filmmaking serves to create and preserve a sense of identity for indigenous people. Users who liked this book, also liked.
This journal article analyzes ideas from Steven Leuthold’s book, Indigenous Aesthetics, which focuses on aesthetics in relationship to video and film, and works on adapting his consideration of indigenous aesthetics to address other art forms. Ahtone’s essay identifies and describes four concepts that may be useful for defining Indigenous Aesthetics: materials, metaphors, cultural reciprocity, and symbolism. McMaster, Gerald and Bruce Bernstein.
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