Eskimo Artists

Hans Himmelheber

Eskimo Artists
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Hans Himmelheber

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

83 pages | black and white photos | 8 x 8-1/2
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780912006697 Published October 1997

Hans Himmelheber describes the cultural and artistic heritage of the Yup'ik in southwestern Alaska during the late 1930s. His work is remarkable because he emphasized drawing, carving, and painting as part of a narrative process instead of focusing on Yup'ik art as artifacts. Eskimo Artists is rich in examples attributed to named orators, and interpretation is kept to a minimum. Himmelheber includes family histories, daily and ceremonial activities of the men and women he met, and their opinions about artistic expression.


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