Creative Power: Research

There is a wealth of literature, both printed and online, for those interested in North American native art. The list below contains publications used to research Creative Power, but it is by no means exhaustive.

General – Native American Art

Berlo, J. C. & Phillips, R. B. (1998) Native North American Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Feest, C. F. (1992) Native Arts of North America. London: Thames & Hudson

Haberland, W. (1968) Art of the World: North America. Methuen & Co.

Penney, D. W. (2004) North American Indian Art. London: Thames & Hudson

Taylor, C.F. & Sturtevant, W.C. (1996) The Native Americans: The Indigenous People of North America. New York: Smithmark

The Great North Museum: Hancock collection

Jessop, L. & Starkey, J. (1998) No Contemptible Workmanship: Material Culture of the Pacific region represented in the Hancock Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne. Newcastle upon Tyne: Tyne & Wear Museums

Fox, G. T. (1827). Synopsis of the Newcastle Museum

Franks, A. W. (c.1870) Copy of Notebook SS.19 (original in British Museum)


Barbeau, M. (1950) Totem Poles: According to Crests and Topics. Vol 1. Available at (Accessed 30/8/2019)

Hayden-Taylor, D. (1993) “Just call me an Indian, Baffled Writer Pleads”, Windspeaker Publication, Vol 11 issue 4. Available at (Accessed: 6/9/2019)

Northwest Coast

Brown, S. (2000) Spirits of the Water: Native Art collected on expeditions to Alaska and British Columbia 1774-1910. Seattle: University of Washington Press

Brown, S.C. (2010). A Tlingit rattle. Available at (Accessed 29/8/2019)

Drew, L. & Wilson, D. (1980 ) Argillite: Art of the Haida. Vancouver: Hancock House

Halpin, M.M. (2006) Northwest Coast Indigenous Art. Available at (Accessed 29/8/2019)

Jacknis, I. (2002) “Towards an Art History of Northwest Coast First Nations Part 2”, BC Studies: The British Columbian Quarterly, vol 135. Available at (Accessed 28/9/2019)

Jessop, L. (2003). “Two rare clubs from the American Northwest Coast in the Hancock Museum”, Transactions of the Natural History Society of Northumbria, Vol 66.

Johnston, T. F. (1992). “The Socio-Mythic Contexts of Music in Tlingit Shamanism and Potlatch Ceremonials.” The World of Music, vol. 34, no. 2. Available at

MacDonald, G. F. (1996) Haida Art. Seattle: University of Washington Press

Macnair, P.L. (1985) The Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Northwest Coast Indian Art. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Macnair, P.L. (1998) Down from the Shimmering Sky: Masks of the Northwest Coast. Seattle: University of Washington Press

Peers, L. et al. (2018) Star House Pole. Oxford: Pitt Rivers Museum

Shearer, C. (2000) Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols. Seattle: University of Washington Press

Stewart, H. (1979) Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast. Seattle: University of Washington Press

Van Broekhoven, L. et al. (2019) Pitt Rivers Museum: A Short Guide. Oxford: Pitt Rivers Museum

Wardwell, A. (1996). Tangible Visions: Northwest Coast Indian shamanism and its art. New York: Monicelli Press

Useful Websites

Arctic & Subarctic

Arnold, C.D. (1989) Arctic Harpoons. Available at: (Accessed: 17 July 2019)

Boney, N. (2012) Snowshoes and the Canadian First Nations. Available at: (Accessed: 17 July 2019)

Burch Jnr, E. S. (1988) The Eskimos. London: MacDonald & Co.

Burnham, D. K. (1992) To Please the Caribou. Seattle: University of Washington Press

Davis-Fisch, H. (2012) Loss and Cultural Remains in Performance: The Ghosts of the Franklin Expedition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan

Issenman, B.K. (1997) Sinews of Survival: The Living Legacy of Inuit Clothing. 2nd edition. Vancouver: UBC Press

Issenman, B.K. (2007) The Art and Technique of Inuit Clothing. Available at: (Accessed: 17 July 2019)

Jensen, P. S. (1975) The Greenland Kayak and its Accessories. Available at: (Accessed: 17 July 2019)

Lubbock, B. (1937) Arctic Whalers. Available at: (Accessed: 17 July 2019)

McMillan, A.D. & Yellowhorn, E. (2004) First Peoples in Canada. 3rd edition. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre

Pickles, K. & Rutherdale, M. (2006) Contact Zones: Aboriginal & Settler Women in Canada’s Colonial Past. Vancouver: UBC Press

Racette, s. F. (2004) Sewing Ourselves Together: Clothing, Decorative Arts and the Expression of Metis and Half Breed identity. Available at:>bitstream (Accessed: 25 September 2019)

Racette, S. F. (2008) “My grandmothers loved to trade: the indigenization of European trade goods in historic and contemporary Canada”, Journal of Museum Ethnography no 20, pg 69-81.

Schooling, W. (1920) The Hudson’s Bay Company 1670-1920

Shwert (2006) The Ulu Knife. Available at: (Accessed: 17 July 2019)

Urdinlaiz, D. (2018) 54 Native American Symbols with Deep, Poetic Meanings. Available at: (Accessed: 17 July 2019)

Various. (2013) The Nautical Magazine and Naval Chronicle for 1852. New York: Cambridge University Press

Useful Websites


Coe, R. T. et al (2003) The Responsive Eye: Ralph T. Coe and the Collecting of American Indian Art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Cotherman, S. (2010) “Art Traditions of the Anishinaabe: Bandolier Bags from the Collection of the Madeline Island Museum”, Wisconsin Magazine of History Vol 93 no.4, pgs 28-37 Available at (Accessed 6/9/2019)

Gendron, E. (2017) Plains Indian Weapons. Available at (Accessed 6/9/2019)

Neil-Binion, D. (2013) The Delaware Indians and the Development of Prairie Style Beadwork. Available at (Accessed 6/9/2019)

Koch, R.P. (1977) Dress Clothing of the Plains Indians. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press

Taylor, C. F. (1994) The Plains Indians. London: Salamander Books

Thompson, K. et al. (unknown date) More than a declaration of peace: the Plains Indian Pipe and Calumet ceremony. Available at>files>zaxzs1781>downloads (Accessed: 11/10/2019)

Useful Websites

Northeast Woodlands

Phillips, R.B. (1998) Trading Identities: The Souvenir in Native North American Art from the Northeast, 1700-1900. Seattle: University of Washington Press


Petkau, K. (2002) Baskets: Carrying a Culture. The Distinctive Regional Styles of Basketmaking Nations in the Pacific Northwest. Available at: (Accessed 11/10/2019)

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