Native American Art and Culture
Dr. Sandra Hollimon
Office: Emeritus 1538A
Office Hours: M 10:30-12, T 11-12
Berlo, Janet C. & Ruth B. Phillips.
NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN ART
. 1998. Oxford
University Press. Oxford and New York.
Bond, Margaret N.
NATIVE AMERICAN ART AND CULTURE: A WORKBOOK.
Revised Edition, 2008. Pearson Custom Publishing, Boston.
NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS
The goal of this course is to help students develop an appreciation of Native American art
through an understanding of its varying forms, functions, and symbolism within selected
cultures. Art forms will be analyzed in relation to religion and world view, social
organization, political and economic systems, and environmental adaptations of specific
Native American cultures. Emphasis will be on native cultures of North America, but we
will also briefly consider the artwork of the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica and
This is basically a lecture class, but your questions and comments are both welcomed and
encouraged. Slides, films, and museum assignments will supplement the class lectures.
You are expected to read all assigned text material, to complete all written and
museum/lab assignments, to take all exams, and to attend class regularly. Dates of exams,
the timing of the progress through the course topics, and the due dates for assignments
and exams are shown on the course outline. Any changes will be announced in class. You
are responsible for all information given in class. Thus, if you are absent, you should try
to obtain notes and announcements from a student who was present.
EXAMINATIONS AND GRADED ASSIGNMENTS
There will be two midterm exams and a final exam. All of the exams will consist of two
question types: multiple choice and slide identifications. You will need to bring a
scantron form and #2 pencil for each exam. In addition to the exams during the semester,