First Nations Culture: Who Knows What?

Charlotte Townsend-Gault

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Abstract: Located in the context of discussion in urban British Columbia as to whether contemporary First Nations art should properly be referred to as ``art'' in the Western sense or whether it is, rather, the repository and communicator of culturally specific knowledge, this paper considers the ways in which both Native and non-Native observers are negotiating their various rights to this very public visual culture. Résumé: Cet article se situe dans le contexte de discussions dans la Colombie-Britannique urbaine sur l'art contemporain autochtone : devrait-on qualifier celui-ci d'"art" au sens occidental du terme, ou est-il le recueil et le communicateur de connaissances culturelles spécifiques? Cet article considère les manières dont les observateurs tant autochtones que non-autochtones sont en train de négocier leurs droits divers à cette culture visuelle très publique.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.22230/cjc.1998v23n1a1021

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