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Lelooska: The Life of a Northwest Coast Artist

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Don Smith or Lelooska (1933-1996) was well known in the Pacific Northwest as a Native American artist and storyteller. Of "mixed blood" Cherokee heritage, he was adopted as an adult by the prestigious Kwakiutl Sewid clan and had relationships with elders from a wide range of tribal backgrounds. Initially producing curio items for sale to tourists and regalia for Oregon Indians, he emerged in the late 1950s as one of a handful of artists who proved critical in the renaissance of Northwest Coast Indian art. He also developed into a supreme performer and educator, staging shows of dances, songs, and storytelling. During his peak years from the 1970s to the early 1990s, his shows attracted as many as 30,000 people annually. In this book, historian and family friend Chris Friday shares and annotates interviews that he conducted with Lelooska between 1993 and 1996. In the process, he develops a portrait that is large enough to embrace the contradictory elements of Lelooska's life. What, he asks, is Native identity? What is "authenticity" in art? How are we to understand the concept of pan-Indianism? What are the politics of Indian tribal adoption? By engaging these questions and the contradictions that produce them, Friday honors Lelooska's complexity and constructs Lelooska's life as a prism for viewing the shifting and historically indeterminate nature of twentieth-century Indian identities.

Book News Annotation:

A childhood friend of the family, Friday (history and Pacific Northwest studies, Western Washington U.) recounts how Don Lelooska Smith became a well known storyteller, performer and Northwest Coast Indian artist. He discovered that Lelooska's layered influences were not at all unusual among native artists. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-274) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780295983240
Author:
Friday, Chris
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Author:
Friday, Chris
Location:
Seattle
Subject:
General
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
American - Native American
Subject:
Indian artists
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Lelooska
Subject:
Biography-Artists Architects and Photographers
Series Volume:
107-715
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.02x6.12x.70 in. .92 lbs.

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