Bird of Paradox: The Unpublished Writings of Wilson Duff
By: Anderson, Gene
Binding: Trade Paper
Size: 8.5" X 5.5"
Publication Date: 1996
PR Highlights: Previously unpublished works of Wilson Duff.
PHOTO Highlights: 42 photos in 31 page glossy B&W photo section.
Description: Descriptive interpretation of northwest coast Indian art as represented by this collection of several previously unpublished works of Wilson Duff. The tragic death of Wilson Duff at the age of 51, cut short the life of one of the leading experts on the arts and culture of Native peoples of the Northwest Coast. An anthropology professor at the University of B.C, his death, by his own hand, terminated his uncommonly perceptive research into the philosophy and psychology of Native art. Bird of Paradox consists of unpublished works by Duff which present his unique theoretical ideas that contribute to art scholarship, as well as creative writings and poetry which expose his emotional experiences with and feelings toward Native art and culture. Editor E. N. Anderson has provided detailed introductory material recounting Duff's life and work, and puts Duff's final contributions in the context of Northwest Coast life.
E. N. Anderson is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside and participated in field work on the Northwest Coast in 1984 and 1985.