“The problem with looking at aboriginal art is that it’s seen through the canon of European discourse. We have to change the way we look at aboriginal art. I am happy to see historical Haida art along with Robert Davidson and Brian Jungen. They have to be seen as historical art and contemporary art. It’s a continuum; it’s a different art history.” —Steven Loft
Looking at grad school application requirements is making me feel panicky.
“Native societies tend to think of artists differently. The ability to make things by hand is considered a gift given by the Creator, to be used for the welfare of the community…. Such gifts are tied to tradition. By making things of beauty and belief, native artists keep their peopleʼs values, ethics and ways of thinking alive. Art teaches about ancient world views, as well as modern realities. It bridges differences. And the artist is the bridge-builder.” —Richard Hill, Tuscarora artist and educator