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Understanding Aboriginal Art

Understand Aboriginal Art in Canada TodayUnderstanding Aboriginal Arts in Canada Today: A Knowledge and Literature Review

This knowledge and literature review examines a broad range of material on Aboriginal arts in Canada. Recognizing the importance of oral traditions in Aboriginal knowledge transfer, it also includes information gathered through one-on-one interviews with six senior Aboriginal artists. The following topics are covered:

  • Aboriginal worldview
  • Canada’s colonial history
  • Aboriginal knowledge
  • Western art lens
  • recent history of Aboriginal arts
  • Aboriginal arts in communities
  • Aboriginal artists and their art
  • the future of Aboriginal arts

In 2009, the Canada Council engaged France Trépanier and Chris Creighton-Kelly to carry out the study, based on topics identified in community consultations around its Aboriginal Arts Research Initiative (AARI).

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