Native American Visual Autobiography: Figuring Place, Subjectivity, and History by Hertha D. Sweet Wong

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Artwork by Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds

In this article, written by Hertha D. Sweet Wong, modern Native American autobiographical art work is described in context of “place”.

 

By “place”, I mean a personal and cultural geography or “a place seen from within,” distinguished from “land scape” or “a place viewed from without. […] I want to illustrate how for many contemporary Native American writers and artists, subjectivity cannot be known without positioning oneself in relation to place (s) and to history.

With a focus on artists Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, N. Scott Momaday, and Leslie Marmon Silko, author Wong beautifully portrays and describes their thoughts as they relate to place during their creation process, especially while making autobiographical works. Read more on each artists attempts at reclaiming and innervating Native American culture through art, and on the importance of place in their own words.

 

Heap of Birds, Hachivi Edgar and Hertha D. Sweet Wong.”Native American Visual Autobiography: Figuring Place, Subjectivity, and History The Iowa Review (2000): 145-156. Web