Issues in Contemporary American Indian Art: An Iroquois Example

Authors: Gail Temblay

Disciplines: Art

Themes: Indian Identity

Tribes: Iroquois

This case examines issues that an indigenous artist faces when trying to define the direction her work might take as she leaves the university and thinks about her place in the indigenous and mainstream arts community. It deals with topics like tradition and modernity, the place of art inside and outside the indigenous community, art and tribal sovereignty, and examines the way in which two important contemporary Iroquois artists act as an example for a young artist as she questions her role as she contemplates entering the contemporary art world and choosing a graduate program to prepare herself to address issues that relate culture and art.