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Author De Stecher, Annette W., author.

Title Wendat women's arts / Annette W. de Stecher
Published Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource
Series McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation studies in art history
McGill-Queen's/Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation studies in art history.
Contents Front Matter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Wendat Culture Social and Political Customs -- "Our Nearest Neighbours" Wendat Arts of the 1770s and 1820s -- Of Artists, Chiefs, and Kings, 1820s to 1850s -- Embroidered Diplomacy The Elgin Plaques -- Cultural Diplomacy and Ancestral Traditions after 1850 -- The Continuing Story of Wendat Artists Always of Their Time -- Epilogue -- Appendix -- Figures -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "For centuries, women artists of the Wendat First Nation of Wendake in Quebec have created artworks of intricate design and complex meaning in moosehair and quill embroidery. Their work records and transmits ancestral knowledge across generations of artists and remains a vibrant and important practice today. Breaking new ground in Indigenous art histories, Wendat Women's Arts is the first book to bring together a full history of the Wendat embroidery art form. Annette de Stecher challenges the historical anonymity of Indigenous women artists by arguing for a central role for them in community history and ceremony. Through their art, these women played an important part in the diplomatic strategies that advanced the sovereignty of their nation, work that was an extension of their position of authority in their families and clans. Chiefs and community members wore finely embroidered attire as a brilliant focus of ceremonial events, a tradition that continues today. Women artists also supported their community economically as their embroidery was a souvenir of choice for European collectors. In vibrant illustrations, this book reconstructs the rich repertoire of Wendat embroidery now dispersed in collections throughout the world. Wendat Women's Arts combines a depth of historical understanding with a keen knowledge of contemporary Wendat artists, demonstrating that the story of Wendat women is one of cultural strength, innovation, resilience, and success."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 11, 2022)
Subject Embroidery -- Nation Huronne Wendat -- History
Indigenous art -- Nation Huronne Wendat
Women artists -- Nation Huronne Wendat
ART / Native American.
Indigenous art.
Women artists.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780228011729