Reconsidering Amerindian Art: An Exploration of Indigenous Art Forms in the South American Country of Guyana

Benn, Leanne
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University of Guelph

This thesis provides insight into the history and culture of indigenous people in the Caribbean, specifically in Guyana, South America. Amerindian culture stands out in the multicultural framework of Guyana and as such these communities are home to a host of objects that represents their community. In order to understand and appreciate these objects in Amerindian culture, they must be examined within a postcolonial context. Issues such as globalization, hybrid cultures, religion and the history of material culture all influence the state of the craft objects found on the reservations. The research conducted locates Amerindian art as a unique representation of culture and it was discovered that representations of Amerindian art and culture in the museums in Guyana are quite different from the way these communities actually function. The objects found in Amerindian villages, are more than just colorful craft pieces, they represent a cultural experience specifically created and maintained.

Amerindian, Anthropology, Archaeology, Authenticity, Art, Art History, Canclini, Culture, Denis Williams, Globalization, Guyana, Hybrid Cultures, Indigenous, Mignolo, Postcolonial, Santa Mission, St Cuthbert's, Tourist Art, Visual Culture, Walter Roth, Woven Objects