Indian Identity in the Arts

Authors: Kuckkahn, Tina

Disciplines: Art, Business and Management, Native American Studies, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology

Themes: Cultural Preservation, Indian Identity, Tribal Membership, Enrollment and Citizenship

This case examines questions relating to the issues of Indian identity within the field of Native arts, both in terms of the creation of art and Native arts administration. The case looks at the Indian Arts and Craft Act of 1990 and the impact of the application of the law to Indian artists and Native arts service organizations. The question of "who is an Indian artist?" as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act has legal, cultural and community implications. The question of "what is Indian art?" has many implications for the field of indigenous art and comprises a wide range of viewpoints.