The Art of Ceremony
Voices of Renewal from Indigenous Oregon
- PUBLISHED: December 2022
- SUBJECT LISTING: Native American and Indigenous Studies, Art History / Native American and Indigenous Art, Pacific Northwest / Art and Culture
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 288 Pages, 7.25 x 9 in, 123 color illus.
- ISBN: 9780295750309
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
The practice of ceremony offers ways to build relationships between the land and its beings, reflecting change while drawing upon deep relationships going back millennia. Ceremony may involve intricate and spectacular regalia but may also involve simple tools, such as a plastic bucket for harvesting huckleberries or a river rock that holds heat for sweat. The Art of Ceremony provides a contemporary and historical overview of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon, through rich conversations with tribal representatives who convey their commitments to ceremonial practices and the inseparable need to renew language, art, ecological systems, kinship relations, and political and legal sovereignty.
Vivid photographs illuminate the ties between land and people at the heart of such practice, and each chapter features specific ceremonies chosen by tribal co-collaborators, such as the Siletz Nee Dosh (Feather Dance), the huckleberry gathering of the Cow Creek Umpqua, and the Klamath Return of C'waam (sucker fish) Ceremony. Part of a larger global story of Indigenous rights and cultural resurgence in the twenty-first century, The Art of Ceremony celebrates the power of Indigenous renewal, sustainable connection to the land, and the ethics of responsibility and reciprocity between the earth and all its inhabitants.
Authors & Contributors
Rebecca J. Dobkins is curator and professor of anthropology at Willamette University and coauthor of Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25.
This unique book weaves a strong argument about the historical and contemporary effects of unequal power relations on Oregonian tribes and the resulting push for Indigenous resurgence and self-governance.- Jennifer Kramer, University of British Columbia
A beautifully facilitated gathering of Tribes of Oregon in a book that is itself a kind of ceremony, honoring the regalia alongside many responsibilities, relationships, and rights that Tribes renew each year.- Brook Colley, (Wasco, Warm Springs, Eastern Cherokee; Enrolled: Eastern Band of Cherokee), Southern Oregon University
The Art of Ceremony honors the sovereignty of Tribes in Oregon and embodies a sense of healing, renewal, and beauty, connecting land to people, people to land, and the relationships between.- April Campbell, (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) Oregon Department of Education, Indian Education Director