Now in a second edition, Aleut Art is a landmark work that provides a comprehensive picture of the Unangas, or Aleut people, and the place of art in their lives, both past and present.
Full of extraordinary color plates representing collections from museums throughout Europe and the United States, Aleut Art showcases wood, bone, and ivory work, as well as the famous kamleikas (waterproof parkas made of gut) for which the Aleut are known. A chapter on masks reproduces extraordinary wooden examples from the 19th century and situates them in their cultural context. Other topics include Aleut hunting visors, weaving, embroidery, and tattoo. Black covers both works recovered from archaeological sites and modern Aleut artists whose work now resides in museums worldwide.
Distributed for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.
Lydia T. Black immigrated to the United States in 1950. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2000, she was awarded The Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation for fostering cooperation between the Russian and American scholarly communities. Dr. Black has published extensively on Russian and Alaskan history and anthropology, including a biography of St. Innocent entitled A Good and Faithful Servant (1997) and the authoritative Russians in Alaska, 1732 - 1867 (University of Alaska Press, 2003). In 2004, she was honored as Historian of the Year by the Alaska Historical Society.