This unit will explore the diversity of visual art from First Nations Artists communities across North America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It seeks to introduce students to both the art and the cultural traditions that underpin the creation of art craft and visual culture, emphasising both the historical development of this art and its continuing vibrancy. The unit will interrogate the purpose and status of art in Indigenous cultures, and its place in wider social and political struggles. It will introduce students to a wide range of complex and compelling art and artifacts.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
2x1000wd object analysis (40%), 1x2500wd research essay (50%), participation (10%)
12 credit points at 1000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Critical Studies