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The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection

Mark Andrew White, General Editor

Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

University of Oklahoma

2800 Venture Drive, Norman, OK 73069

9780806143040, $29.95,

Featuring selected essays of discerning Native American art criticism by Christina E. Burke, W. Jackson Rushing III, Rennard Strickland, Christy Vezolles, Edwin L. Wade, and Mark Andrew White, "The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection, Selected Works" is a colossus of stunning photos and commentary on one of the most significant collections of North American Native American art in this century. Consisting of over 4000 items including paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, kachinas, jewelry, rattles, ceramics, baskets and textiles, the collection was amassed by an attorney art appreciator between 1960 and 2010, when it was bequeathed to the University of Oklahoma. The collection will be displayed at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art as well as at other Arizona locations. Representing a multitude of indigenous cultures, from Inupiak of Alaska to the Hopi, Pueblos, and Navajo of the Southwest, and including many important Plains artists' works, the collection sample features paintings and prints, pottery, kachinas, and baskets as well as jewelry and other art works. Many famous contemporary Native American artists are represented, including Fred Kabotie, Joe Hilario Herrera, Helen Hardin, George Morrison, Walter Richard "Dick" West, and more. In addition to the stunning photos of collection gems, there are six chapter essays of related critical overviews, covering both the history and legacy of the Bialac collection and important information about Native American painting schools, styles, and movements, as well as further analysis of contemporary Native American painting, kachina dolls both contemporary and traditional, and other three dimensional art from Native American origins. The stunning color photographs of collection items is breathtaking and vivid. Collectors, students, and appreciators of fine Native American art will want to include this volume in all valued collections. "The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection" is also available in a hardback edition (9780806142999, $49.95).

Trickster's Point

William Kent Krueger

Atria Books

c/o Simon & Schuster

1230 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY 10020

9781451645675, $24.99,

"Trickster's Point" is the most recent Cork O'Connor mystery set in northern Minnesota in the historic and beautiful Iron Range area, with an ongoing cast of well delineated characters from the Ojibwe or Anishinabe Iron River Band. Eagerly anticipated and impatiently awaited, "Trickster's Point" fully delivers a sound package of complex, privately motivated actors, swift action and a plot twisting delivery style that rivals the patterns of classical dance, and character profiles so deep, satisfying and real you can sink your (literary) teeth into them. All this is set against the starkly beautiful, haunted landscape of northern Minnesota edging into Canada and the Boundary Water Canoe Area. Like all of Krueger's O'Connor mysteries, "Trickster's Point" is authentically permeated with a true reverence for setting, as well a respectful and realistic portrayal of modern vs. traditional Anishinabe cultural values, outlook, and background. As usual, Cork is immediately and suspiciously involved in a bloody and mysterious murder which quickly morphs into a dual murder with later connection to a tragic suicide. Most mysterious of all, the murderer is shown to have been taught the old Ojibwe hunting skills, for the first two deaths are a result of a handmade arrow, exactly like those used and made by Cork O'Connor, who was taught to hunt in the old way by Sam Winter Moon, an early mentor. Cork follows an unorthodox path of investigation influenced by his mixed white and Shinnob blood, motivated by a need to absolve himself from blame for the murder(s) and the search for understanding of a boyhood friend, Jubal Little (Wolf), the first famous victim. Readers will enjoy the reacquaintence with former characters both from inside and outside the boundaries of the Ojibwe Reservation. Most important of these, perhaps is 90+ year old Henry Meloux, a mide, or shaman of the Anishinabeg. Ojibwe words and language are interwoven into conversation, history and detail in a masterful way, teaching both valuable cultural history and important plot points to drive the story. "Trickster's Point" is a demanding, driving read, but it's immense appeal makes certain of its success in finding a true home in the reader's heartfiles. It is good to read of the beautiful land and waters of the Iron Lake Ojibewe once again.

Nancy Lorraine

Senior Reviewer
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Title Annotation:'The James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection' and 'Trickster's Point'
Author:Lorraine, Nancy
Publication:MBR Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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