Alan L. Hoover

Nuu-chah-nulth Voices, Histories, Objects & Journeys
Author: Alan L. Hoover
Format: Hardcover
  • "The people of the west coast of Vancouver Island used to be called Nootka by Europeans. We know ourselves as Nuu-chah-nulth, which can be translated as "along the mountains" and refers to our traditional territories." - Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.

    This is the first collection of essays, articles and interviews about the Nuu-chah-nulth people, who live along the west coast of Vancouver Island (Canada) and the Olympic Peninsula (USA). Alan L. Hoover has assembled a balance of views from inside and outside Nuu-chah-nulth history, culture and art. He presents the collection in four parts:

    In "Voices", the Mowachaht-Muchalaht and Huu-ay-aht nations recount their own histories, and describe who and where they are today. "Histories" offers fascinating accounts of recent history from outside the Nuu-chah-nulth culture and ancient histories and legends from inside. "Objects" highlights the different interests of those who create objects and those who collect them: are these objects art? Finally, "Journeys" relates the personal and spiritual growth of three Nuu-chah-nulth artists, and how their creations speak about where they came from and where they are now.

    Nuu-chah-nulth Voices, Histories, Objects and Journeys is an important contribution to the understanding of a rich and complex society, and essential reading for anyone interested in Northwest Coast art and culture.

$42.95

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The Legacy
Format: Paperback
  • The Legacy - Tradition and Innovation in Northwest Coast Indian Art

    This classic book is an enduring tribute to the continuing tradition of First Nations art on The Legacypresents the work of 40 artists who have helped strengthen their artistic and cultural traditions. The authors give a detailed cultural analysis of the artist' works and explore the different styles, techniques and materials used to create them.

    The Legacy began as an exhibition that toured throughout Canada and the United Kingdom in the 1970s and early 1980s. The first edition of the book appeared in 1980 – it has been reprinted a dozen times and sold more than 25,000 copies. It remains an indispensable account of Northwest Coast art and artists. This new printing includes updates to First Nations' names and the artists' biographies.

$33.26

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The Magic Leaves
Format: Paperback
  • The Magic Leaves - A History of Haida Argillite Carving

    Peter Macnair and Alan Hoover recount the history of Haida argillite carving since it began in the early 1800s, and they describe more than 200 examples from the extensive collection of the Royal BC Museum

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The Magic Leaves: A History of Haida Argillite Carving
Author: Alan L. Hoover
Format: Paperback
  • Peter Macnair and Alan Hoover recount the history of Haida argillite carving since it began in the early 1800s, and they describe more than 200 examples from the extensive collection of the Royal BC Museum

    Argillite is a dense, black shale mined from a quarry on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), reserved for the exclusive use of Haida carvers. Argillite works are unique in style and character, ranging from ceremonial pipes and model poles to elaborate platters and chests.

$39.95

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