Pieter Hovens and Bruce Bernstein (editors)


North American Indian Art

Masterpieces and Museum Collections in the Netherlands




North American Indian Art: Masterpieces and Museum Collections from the Netherlands includes many previously unknown examples of Native art and heritage, stunningly presented as individual works of art, each framed in their cultural and historical context by leading American, Canadian and European experts.  The volume weaves together the historical narrative of each object’s acquisition and Native and scholarly use and understanding.  Readers will appreciate the book’s unique inclusion of all Native North American institutional collections from The Netherlands. It is the privilege of the Dutch museums to share these heritage collections with the widest audience possible.

With contributions by Duane Anderson, Marcia G. Anderson, Eugene Arima, Jonathan Batkin, Janet Catherine Berlo, Bruce Bernstein, Ruth Brass, Ted J. Brasser, Steven C. Brown, Arni Brownstone, Cunera Buijs, Max Carocci, Clifford Crane Bear, Michelle Crow Chief, Kate C. Duncan, Sherry Farrell Racette, Christian Feest, Alan Ferg, Jill Leslie Furst, Dawn Glinsman, Steven L. Grafe, Sven Haakanson Jr., Barbara Hail, Margaret Ann Hardin, Louis A. Hieb, Alan Hoover, Joe Horse Capture, Pieter Hovens, Jason Baird Jackson, Aldona Jonaitis, Sylvia S. Kasprycki, Thomas M. Kolaz, Bill McLennan, Marie Mauzé, Ruth B. Phillips, Mette van der Hooft, Caroline van Santen, Anne de Stecher, Daniel C. Swan, Shelby Tisdale, Gaylord Torrence, and Lea Zuyderhoudt

Pieter Hovens (1951) curates the North American collection at the National Museum of World Cultures in Leiden, The Netherlands. He studied cultural anthropology at Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and First Nations studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). Subsequently he worked for the Dutch government in ethnic minority and volunteering policies. His publications focus on the history of anthropology and North American Indian studies, Native American art and material culture, and the history of Dutch-Indian relations.

Bruce Bernstein (1953) is executive director of the Ralph T. Coe Foundations for the Arts in Santa Fe, NM, and serves as executive director of the Continuous Pathways Foundation and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pueblo of  Pojoaque. Previously he served as director of research and collections at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Instition (Washington, DC), director and chief curator of the Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures/Laboratory of Anthropology (Santa Fe, NM), and director of the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM). He published extensively on Indian art, notably basketry and Pueblo pottery, and on contemporary museum issues.


North American Indian Art

Masterpieces and Museum Collections in the Netherlands


38.90 €  Hardcover   ISBN 978-3-9811620-8-0


viii+311 pages, 21 x 28 cm

149 color and 40 b/w illustrations 


Published in collaboration with the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, The Netherlands

Also available from University of Oklahoma Press



$39.95  Hardcover   ISBN 978-3-9811620-8-0

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