In the March 2021 issue of Journal of Modern Craft, I wrote for the “Commentary” section where the journal reposts an older article and someone from the field responds to it.
The original article is “The Lure and Lore of Indian Art” by Vincent Price from American Way (June 1971). Yes, the author was that Vincent Price, the actor. And yes, the publication is the in-flight magazine for American Airlines.
This is the opening part of my commentary:
“While Native Americans have always resisted settler encroachment and attacks on their spiritual practices, sacred sites, and cultural ways, the late 1960s and early 1970s represent increased visibility around Indigenous activism. In June 1971, the publication date for ‘The Lure and Lore of Indian Art’, Native American activists, calling themselves the Indians of All Tribes, had spent nineteen months (November 1969 – June 1971) occupying the former federal prison on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. Media coverage about the occupation remained constant, and celebrities such as Jane Fonda and Anthony Quinn visited the island to lend their support.
“The article’s author, Vincent Price, might seem like a curious choice for an essay on Native American art, but he had been the chair of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB), a U.S. federal arts agency established to promote the development of Native arts and crafts through economic development enterprises, since 1967. Price is often remembered as the screen actor who both frightened and delighted people in various thriller movies from the 1940s until his death in 1993, but he was an art collector and arts advocate as well.”
The full article info:
The Journal of Modern Craft
Volume 14—Issue 1