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Kenworthy, Aurora. Defining Authentic: The Relationship Between Native Art and Federal Indian Policy, 1879-1961. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. May 2019.
Between 1879 and 1961, non-Native perceptions of what constituted authentic Native art shifted. These changing perceptions were influenced by, and then in turn influenced, federal policy and legislation. While non-Native individuals and groups worked to improve conditions for Native communities and to protect “authentic” Native art forms, Native reformers also attempted to enact change to help Native communities and Native artists exercised control over their own art and identity.
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