Continuities Between Eras: Indigenous Art Histories

Art History and Contemporary Culture faculty member Carla Taunton and Heather Igloliorte, professor of Art History at Concordia University and NSCAD BFA alumni, are the special guest editors of the new edition of RACAR, Review Art Canadienne/Canadian Art Review, published by the University Art Association of Canada.

Cover by Jordan Bennett, reproduced with permission.

This special issue titled Continuities Between Eras: Indigenous Art Histories / Continuité entre les époques. Histories des arts autochtones [Vol. 42, no. 2 (2017)] engages with recent and past scholarship that explores continuities between historic and contemporary Indigenous art practices.

“The past and present of Indian situations must be dealt with together because they are inextricably connected … In non-Indian art and history about Indians, the seventeenth and twentieth centuries are rarely connected. Academic studies deal with colonial history of the eighteenth century or with events of the twentieth century, not both. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries are both part of the stream of Indian experience. From Indian perspectives, the fact that a value or a practice or an idea comes from the past does not render it irrelevant in the present. (In this way the past can exist in the present .) Emphasis is placed not on the point of division or disruption between time periods, but on the continuity between eras.”

Read complete introduction here.