Is it Kitsch? Camp? or Fine Art?
Glimpses of Indian Life
Making it Local
Authenticating the Inauthentic
Secularizing the Sacred
Mixing High and Low
Yearning for the Past

Mixing High Culture and Low Art
Fannie Nampeyo Ashtray Trading posts and curio shops offered many opportunities to sell expensive works of art to the traveling public.

During the Great Depression, however, rarely could the best potters, weavers, and Native artists support their families solely through the sale of their best works of art. Artists including Fannie Nampeyo, Maria Martinez, Fannie Nampeyo Seed Jar and Lucy Lewis made popular objects such as ashtrays and candlesticks to make their ends meet.

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