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Native American Craft Tradition in a Contemporary World


Marcus Amerman
Rick Bartow

Harvey A. Begay
Doug Coffin
Richard Danay
Tony Jojola
Clara Neptune Keezer
James Little
Rosemary "Apple Blossom" Lonewolf
Truman Lowe
David Neel
Verma Nequatewa
The Ortiz Family
Norbert Peshlakai
Wendy Ponca
Al Q÷yawayma
Diego Romero
Preston Singletary
Richard Zane Smith
Roxanne Swentzell
C. S. Tarpley
Tim Tiger
Margaret Wood
Nathan Youngblood

Butterfly Maiden, Brooke Shields with wings
glass beads on suede, 1994
16" x 14" x 2"

Marcus Amerman (Choctaw) is best known for his beadwork, purses and jewelry. A beadwork portrait he made of Janet Jackson was used as cover artwork for Rolling Stone Magazine. He is an eclectic artist who combines humor and a sense of traditionalism in his work.

Of Native American art he says, "If you (a Native artist) do a painting or a sculpture, say of Janet Jackson then it's like you're going over into western culture. With beadwork, you're taking it back. It becomes Indian. Janet Jackson becomes Indian."

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