Oh so Iroquois

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Ryan Rice
Ne Ottawa Art Gallery = The Ottawa Art Gallery = La Galerie d'art d'Ottawa, 2008 - Art - 132 pages
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Publication of a group exhibition of two dozen artists who belong to the Iroquois Confederacy, an historical alliance of many nations scattered over two countries and countless urban centres. Six essayists explore the dynamism of both traditional and contemporary Iroquoian creative processes, discussing work that is deeply rooted in a cultural system of values and sthetic qualities that permeate contemporary social, political, spiritual, and economic infrastructure. Together, as members of the Iroquois Confederacy, these artists continue to affirm and re-examine this collective art history through symbolism, narrative, colour, and contemporary and traditional media. By featuring a broad range of art situated in relation to an Iroquois world-view, this exhibition aims to challenge the long-standing pan-Indian classification of Native North American art, which pigeon-holes 500 distinct nations with one generic category.

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