Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas is an impressive volume that presents a sweeping survey of the history of ideas and arguments that have shaped and disputed Northwest Coast First Nations art for more than 250 years. Since the mid-1700s, objects or "art" deriving from the Indigenous cultures of this area have been desired, displayed, and exchanged, classified and interpreted, stolen and confiscated, bought and sold, and displayed again in many parts of the world.
Kesu: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer is the beautifully illustrated book that records of the art, life, and influence of Doug Cranmer who called himself a "whittler" or "doodler" but who embodied "Indigenous modern" well before the term had been coined. Cranmer pioneered abstract and non-figurative paintings using Northwest Coast ovoids and U-shapes; embraced the practice of silk-screening on wood, paper, and burlap; and adapted power tools to new applications in art. Cranmer, a long-time teacher and mentor, inspired generations of young Northwest Coast artists in Alert Bay and beyond.
Study of the art and cultural property of the Nuxalk (Bella Coola) of the Northwest Coast by cultural anthropology professor, Jennifer Kramer. She examines the contemporary art created by First Nations artists in this coastal community, the school art program and the use of art objects in the daily lives of community members. She looks at regalia, masks, songs and dances as well as issues surrounding First Nations cultural property. These issues include cultural appropriation, repatriation, ownership, law, identity, and self-government.