Native North American Art is the second edition of Janet and Ruth B. Phillips' outstanding publication first released in 1998 through Oxford University Press. This 2015 second edition is a lively introductory survey of Indigenous North American arts from ancient times to the present that explores both the shared themes and imagery found across the continent and the distinctive traditions of each cultural region.
Museum Pieces: Toward the Indigenization of Canadian Museums by art historian and a former director of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology Ruth B. Phillips discusses the politics of Canadian museums and the impact of Indigenous curatorial voices and Aboriginal art issues from 1967 to the present. The book begins with a chapter about The Indians of Canada Pavilion at Expo 67; and moves on to discuss The Spirit Sings exhibition hosted by the Glenbow Museum during the Calgary Olympics.
Trading Identities: The Souvenir in Native North American Art from the Northeast, 1700-1900 examines a variety of art forms produced by First Nations in northeastern North America for sale to travellers and tourists during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The First Nations of the woodlands were the first in North America to experience economic and social marginalization and, in consequence, the first to rely on the production of commodities for the tourist trade.
Native North American Art is part of the Oxford History of Art Series and this volume sets out to examine and describe the current state of the arts in contemporary Canada and the United States. Berlo and Phillips are two art historians who bring impeccable credentials to the task. The text introduces to readers an appreciation for the richness and diversity of Indigenous arts from its earliest forms to the installations of modern artists.