The Legacy

Peter L. Macnair, Alan L. Hoover and Kevin Neary


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This beautifully illustrated book is an informative guide to continuing First Nations artistic traditions. A spectacular selection of colour photographs displays the work of 40 artists, and the authors present a detailed analysis of the cultures that inspired their work. The authors also discuss the social function of the artists’ work, and the different styles, techniques and materials used to create them.

2007, paperback, 196 pages

colour photographs

ISBN 978-07726-5609-4

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The Legacy is based on an exhibition of the same name that travelled throughout BC and Canada and to the United Kingdom in the 1970s and early 1980s. The exhibition helped bring worldwide attention to Northwest Coast First Nations art. The first edition of the book was published in 1980, and in its Foreword, R. Yorke Edwards, then Director of the BC Provincial Museum, says: “The Legacy has refused to stay on our store-room shelves. This book will ensure that it remains accessible in printed form to a wide audience for many years.” Prophetic words – for this book has been reprinted a dozen times and sold more than 25,000 copies.The Legacy has become an enduring tribute to the continuing tradition of Northwest Coast First Nations art, and remains an important guide for scholars and art lovers. The new edition includes updates to the artists’ biographies and First Nations’ names.

About the Authors

Peter L. Macnair is former Curator of Ethnology at the Royal BC Museum, a post he held for more than 30 years. He is widely recognized for his knowledge of the art and history of the First Nations of the Northwest Coast.

Alan L. Hoover worked in the RBCM’s anthropology collections for 33 years and retired in 2003, as manager of the department.

Kevin Neary is an anthropology and heritage consultant; he also worked at the RBCM, for 24 years, as an anthropology collections technician and public programs producer.

Other books by Peter L. Macnair and Alan L. Hoover:
The Magic Leaves (Macnair and Hoover)
Nuu-chah-nulth Voices, Histories, Objects and Journeys (edited by  Hoover)
The Whaling People of the West Coast of Vancouver Island and Cape Flattery (Hoover, with Eugene Arima)


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