Key Terms & Concepts

  • Art
  • Visual arts
  • Anthropology of art
  • The problem of art
  • Purpose of art
  • Non-motivated purposes of art: basic human instinct, experience of the mysterious, expression of the imagination, ritualistic & symbolic
  • Motivated purposes of art: communication, entertainment, political, “free zone”, social inquiry, social causes, psychological/healing, propaganda/commercialism, fitness indicator
  • Paleolithic art: Blombos cave, figurative art, cave paintings, monumental open air art, petroglyphs
  • Tribal art: ethnographic art, “primitive art”, African art, Art of the Americas, Oceanic art
  • Folk art: Antique folk art, Contemporary folk art
  • Indigenous Australian art: rock painting, Dot painting, Dreamtime, symbols
  • Sandpainting: Navajo, Tibetan Buddhist mandalas
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Dance
  • Native American Graves Protection And Repatriation Act (NAGPRA): cultural items