The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art
Publisher: Northland Publishing
xi+163 pages with plates, figures, bibliography and index. Quarto (10 3/4" x 10") issued in orange cloth with gilt lettering to cover and spine. Photographs by Lynn Lown. 1st edition.
Authors Chuck and Jan Rosenak, renowned collectors of American folk art, embarked in 1983 on a ten-year journey through one of the last outposts of America's shrinking West - the Navajo Nation. In the oozing mud and flickering firelight of a Yeibichai dance, in a sun-dappled Sweetwater burch arbor, in the cool of a thick-walled adobe trading post, they found innovative folk art and the remarkable individuals behind the art. Among the Dine, the People, artists brave taboos to express their personal visions, picking up cardboard and cotton wood, clay and wool to produce wonderful, whimsical, warm-hearted creations. "To do something that has never been done," say the Rosenaks, "to bare your soul to neighbor and stranger, this is a necessary ingredient of art. That is why (Navajo folk art) reflects the values and spirit of us all." From Mamie Deschillie, a traditional Navajo woman of the older generation who makes fanciful collages of cardboard and discarded fabrics, to teenage carver Delbert Buck, whose humorous sculptures were first represented in commercial galleries when he was fourteen, Navajo folk artists exemplify an indomitable spirit. Within the pages of The People Speak, these artists finally receive the recognition they deserve.
A fine copy in like jacket.
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