Based on groundbreaking new scholarship, Upside Down: Arctic Realities brings together ancient and modern works from the Arctic region, including major sites in Russia and Alaska. The featured pieces dramatically illustrate the continuing influence of centuries-old traditions in modern times and include both utilitarian and decorative items such as amulets, funerary offerings, and ceremonial masks from the Alaskan Yup'ik. Essays by leading scholars in the field explore such topics as the relationship between artist and material and between the aesthetics of native Arctic cultures and their environments.
"This is the rare work of scholarship that will not just interest but excite lay readers as well as scholars. Moreover, the photos are breathtaking. An opulent volume that both consoles and tantalizes readers who missed the Menil exhibition in Houston . . . Essential."—M. Yacowar, Choice~M. Yacowar, Choice
"The photographs and drawings in this [book] are a delight to the eye and the mind"—John Dorfman, Art & Antiques~John Dorfman, Art & Antiques
~Choice Outstanding Academic Title , ChoiceSelected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the Anthropology category