NASX 551: American Indian Art Survey

Credits: 3

Earn an on-line NAS Graduate Certificate

Explore the functions and purposes of the unique arts of North American indigenous peoples by culture area, in both the past and the present, within the overlapping contexts of culture area, politics, cosmology, religion and spirituality, and gender.

Students will learn to recognize art objects by region and culture group, as well as understand the purposes and functions of these artifacts in indigenous culture and life. Students will also learn to appreciate Native American artwork for its aesthetic value as well as for its functional value, and will learn and apply the process of art criticism to a careful examination of the artwork. Artworks will be examined in the further context of their political, cosmological, religious and spiritual value from the point of view of the culture group by which they were created. Students will become familiar with indigenous artworks as collectible items, and learn about the unique legal issues that apply to the collection and sale of Native American art objects because of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.

During the course of the semester, you will be graded on the following items:

Weekly Online Discussions = 30%
Midterm Paper = 30%
Final Paper/Project = 30%
Online Presentation = 10%
Total = 100%