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ERIC Number: EJ944299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0095-182X
Running the "Medicine Line": Images of the Border in Contemporary Native American Art
Morris, Kate
American Indian Quarterly, v35 n4 p549-578 Fall 2011
In this article the author is concerned with the intersection of two congruent phenomena: (1) an increasing number of references to borders in contemporary Native American art; and (2) an increasing occurrence of border-rights conflicts between Native nations and the governments of the United States and Canada. Focusing on the period roughly 1990 to the present, she acknowledges the shifts in both art and politics after September 11, 2001; however, she does not suggest that tension or even outright conflict around borders is new to Indian Country--indeed, the right to free passage is a basic tenet of American Indian and First Nations sovereignty. She argues that as border-zone frictions "intensified" post-9/11, the visual and philosophical complexity of artworks situated within these zones also increased. The evolving situation at Kawehno:ke and the installation of Alan Michelson's artwork at Massena provide an ideal entry point into this discourse. (Contains 9 figures and 43 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States