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CRAFTING IDENTITY: TRANSNATIONAL INDIAN ARTS AND THE POLITICS OF RACE IN CENTRAL MEXICO. Pavel Shlossberg. University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 2015. First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies. 278 pp. with 18 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2014-39735 ISBN 9780816530991 In English.
Publisher's description: Crafting Identity goes far beyond folklore in its ethnographic exploration of mask making in central Mexico. In addition to examining larger theoretical issues about indigenous and mestizo identity and cultural citizenship as represented through masks and festivals, the book also examines how dominant institutions of cultural production (art, media, and tourism) mediate Mexican "arte popular," which makes Mexican indigeneity "digestible" from the standpoint of elite and popular Mexican nationalism and American and global markets for folklore. The first ethnographic study of its kind, the book examines how indigenous and mestizo mask makers, both popular and elite, view and contest relations of power and inequality through their craft. Using data from his interviews with mask makers, collectors, museum curators, editors, and others, Pavel Shlossberg places the artisans within the larger context of their relationships with the nation-state and Mexican elites, as well as with the production cultures that inform international arts and crafts markets.
Indexing: Western, Latin America — Mexico — Post-2000 — Several Media — Naive/Folk/Outsider Art
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 165035
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