Part 2: Storytelling in Traditional Arts and Crafts

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Activity 2A.1: Analyzing a Craft Object
Early African-American Quilts
Bible Quilt, 1886
Harriet Powers
Were there secret codes in slaves’ quilts?
Contemporary Quilts by Faith Ringgold
Faith Ringgold Biography
The Crown Heights Children’s Story Quilt, 1996
Camille’s Husband’s Birthday Quilt, 1988
The Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles, 1991
Hawaiian Quilts
A Stitch in Time: How Hawaiian quilters layered secret messages of love, spirit, and quiet rebellion into works of art, 2008, an article with photos by Cheryl Tsutsum
Iolani Palace
Attributed to Queen Lili'uokalani and her companions during her imprisonmentLarge reproduction:
The Queen’s Quilt, 2003, by Tim Ryan
Black Family Basketry Tradition
About Mary Holiday Black
Navajo Pictorial Weavings
Blessing Ceremony (Artist unknown)
Coyote Stealing Fire
Luana Tso
First Man and First Woman
Anita Hathale
Touring Monument Valley
Cecilia Curley
Ledger Art
Black Hawk Ledger, Sans Arc Lakota (choose excerpts)
Koba-Russell Sketchbook, Kiowa (choose excerpts)
Pleasure Cruise? (a contemporary example of ledger art)
Dallin Maybee
Totem Poles
At the Virtual Thunderbird Park:
  • Nuxalk Frontal Pole and Ceremonial Screen, 19th century
Found in the Early Park
  • Kwakwaka’wakw House Post, 1870
Found within the stylized house in the Early Park
  • Haida Pole, 1984: Based on Haida House Frontal Pole (Rock Slide House)
Carved by Gerry Marks, Richard Hunt, and Tim Paul
Found in the Present Park
Respect to Bill Reid Pole, 2000 (analyzed in the unit)
Jim Hart
Vancouver Art Gallery: Emily Carr, an artist who sought to document First Nations art and culture in British Columbia
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, known for Haida Manga
Erika, Prestige & Valdez
The War of the Blink
Looking Out Series: Compare Looking Out #1 (2002), Looking Out #7 (2006), and Looking Out #11 (undated)
Electronic Totem (video installation)
Mike MacDonald