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Maidu Basket

Monday, April 14, 2014 | Karl Cole

I will share my continued fascination with First Nations art by showing you a new addition to our digital collection of images. Basketry is a prominent art form in all indigenous American cultures sin ...

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NAEA Excitement!

Monday, April 7, 2014 | Karl Cole

I had the privilege of meeting Jaune Quick-to-See Smith at the National Art Education Association conference in San Diego last week. She is an inspirational advocate for art education, and for educati ...

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Women's History Month 2012 IV

Monday, March 26, 2012 | Karl Cole

To wind up Women’s History Month, I’ve brought you a work of art from women who are largely ignored by art history books: weavers. Weaving is an ancient tradition, especially among First N ...

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Tradition Meets Contemporary

Monday, June 7, 2010 | Karl Cole

Art history geeks like me often like to ponder some of the conundrums of art history as pertaining to cross-cultural phenomena. The US effectively quashed Native American cultures during the 1800s, ev ...

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Native American Art "Revival"

Monday, March 15, 2010 | Karl Cole

When we think of “Native American art,” we tend to think of ceramics, weavings, hide objects, and quillwork. Painting (whether on canvas, paper, or wood) was not an Indian tradition until ...

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Mesoamerica-North American Connection

Monday, January 4, 2010 | Karl Cole

I just finished my part of work on the revision of our studio book about clay and so I thought I would show you a ceramic artwork this week. As an art historian, I enjoy making connections between cul ...

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Glass and Native Americans

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 | Karl Cole

I had another one of my “holy cats!” moments this week when I came across this gorgeous artwork from the Spencer Museum. I’ve mentioned that I have these little epiphanies quite ofte ...

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Native American Quillwork

Monday, June 22, 2009 | Karl Cole

When I was in grade school, one of our art projects was to collect used wooden matches and then create geometric patterns with them, gluing them side by side on cardboard. It did create an interesting ...

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