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ERIC Number: EJ841788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
"How Will I Sew My Baskets?" Women Vendors, Market Art, and Incipient Political Activism in Anchorage, Alaska
Lee, Molly
American Indian Quarterly, v27 n3-4 p583-592 Sum-Fall 2003
In this article the author examines the multifaceted role of the Alaska Federation of Natives crafts fair in the lives of Alaska Native women who have left their home villages and moved into Anchorage, Alaska's largest city. At the same time, this discussion raises broader issues such as the evolving politicization of women traders and the growing role of market art in the articulation of political concepts. These themes link Alaska Natives to Native Americans generally as they move from formerly isolated small-scale groups to multiethnic entities that participate in the globalized economies and emergent political institutions characterizing Fourth World peoples of the twenty-first century. The author argues that across Alaska, institutions such as the Alaska Native Federation crafts fairs help the increasing number of urban-based Native women in a variety of ways to adjust to city life while maintaining their connection to their home villages and to the land and animals from which they obtain the raw materials for craft production. (Contains 18 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska