By Lydia T. Black
Aleut Art – Unangam Aguqaadangin, 2nd revised and expanded edition – by Lydia T. Black ©2003 Donning Company Publishers and Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.
Aleut Art is an immensely popular publication – it is one of the few works which describes, interprets and illustrates Aleut art and artifacts.
A cornerstone for the revival of cultural traditions including weaving, carving, painting, and woodwork; it serves those interested in Aleut cultural history.
This expanded volume features rare photographs and insights about Aleut heritage and provides a showcase for contemporary Aleut artists and their works. It contains over 200 color illustrations of Aleut prehistoric, historic and contemporary art and artifacts, many of which are described and illustrated for the first time in any publication. Illustrations include those of contemporary Aleut artists as well as those of traditional art such as carving, weaving, painting and sculpture. The book also provides detailed information and interpretation of Aleut prehistory, artifacts and data revealed by recent research and interpretation and discussion of Aleut art and culture.
About the Author:
Born in Kiev, educated in Russia, Germany, and the United States, Dr. Lydia T. Black received her PH.D. in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. From 1972 to 1983, Dr. Lydia T. Black taught at Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, and from 1983 until her retirement as Professor Emerita at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
An internationally renowned scholar, Dr. Lydia T. Black has traveled widely both researching and teaching about these interests. Her research has resulted in numerous scholarly articles on topics as varied as anthropological theory in the Soviet Union, Russian Orthodox Church iconography, Russian cartography of Alaska, the history of Russian-Aleut contact and conflict, as well as Aleut life, including translations of The Journals of Iakov Netsvetov: the Atkha Years 1828-1844, and Notes on the Islands of the Unalashka District by Ioann Veniaminov. Her original works include; Atka: An Ethnohistory of the Western Aleutians; Glory Remembered: Wooden Headgear of Alaska Sea Hunter; and The History and Ethnohistory of the Aleutians East Borough (with other authors). Her work has been published in the United States, Canada, Japan, France, and Russia.
In 2001, Dr. Lydia T. Black received the Order of Friendship from the Russian Federation, and the Alaska Anthropological Association Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to Siberian and Alaskan Anthropology and History.
While Dr. Lydia T. Black has closed the door from this life, her tremendous contribution has helped revive a near extinct culture for the Aleut people and it will certainly thrive for generations to come. Perpetual gratitude goes to Dr. Lydia T. Black for her leaving behind a legacy of Aleut culture for those (Aleut people) of whom she became a kindred spirit. Dr. Lydia T. Black lived her final years in Kodiak. She endearingly left her vast archival research collections with APIA. In which, APIA is deeply grateful.