Tlingit Women, Beadwork, and the Art of Resilience
Working with museum collection materials, photographs, archives, and interviews with artists and elders, Megan Smetzer reframes this often overlooked artform as a site of historical negotiations and contemporary inspirations. She shows how beading gave Tlingit women the freedom to innovate aesthetically, assert their clan crests and identities, support tribal sovereignty, and pass on cultural knowledge.
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"Smetzer meticulously documents how bead workers living in painful colonialized situations supported their communities. Smetzer aims to prioritize the idea that multivocal art...effectively challenges the continuing effect of historical trauma through creating beauty that restores balance."—Choice
"[A] superb and compelling study."—American Indian Culture & Research Journal
"Megan Smetzer advances Northwest Coast scholarship in several ways: it is the first art book I've read which centers Indigenous perspectives ("Tlingit aesthetics," she writes); she deconstructs biases which privilege the pristine formline but overlook the brilliance of the textiles; and she researches and celebrates important Native American women artists who have been previously overlooked in the scholarship."—Ishmael Angaluuk Hope (Tlingit, Inupiaq)
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