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Switchbacks: Art, ownership, and Nuxalk national identity.


Switchbacks: Art, ownership, and Nuxalk national identity.

Kramer, Jennifer.

U. of British Columbia Press


152 pages




Kramer (anthropology, U. of British Columbia) examines how the Nuxalk of Bella Coola, British Columbia manage complex questions about culture, and the anxieties and ambivalence manifested by the Nuxalk as they negotiate interactions with outsiders. The study explores the difficulties of determining ownership of cultural objects, the Nuxalk use of cultural heritage as proof of nationhood, the significance of Nuxalk entanglements within Canadian law and the Western art market, the relationship between selling Nuxalk art and the creation of contemporary Nuxalk identity, and the Nuxalk's strategic use of accusations of cultural appropriation. Distributed by the U. of Washington Press.

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Date:May 1, 2006
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