What is art? What is 'Native Art'? What are the links between objects and knowledge? How does art affect politics in the Pacific Northwest? It is no wonder that the answers to these questions are indefinite, and varying depending on who you ask. And so, it is also not surprising that Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas shares essays by various authors and (with index included), is a whopping 1081 pages.
Editors Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Jennifer Kramer, and Ḳi-ḳe-in include essays of their own as well. Though the size of the book is daunting, chapter titles such as ""Thresholds of Meaning: Voice, Time, and Epistemology in the Archaeological Consideration of Northwest Coast Art," or "Art Claims it eh Age of Delgamuukw" draw the prospective reader in.