The sale of goods falsely represented as authentic Indian-produced arts and crafts has been a persistent and potentially growing problem in the United States. At least 1.9 million members of federally recognized Indian tribes live in the United States, some of whom are artisans who create pottery, baskets, rugs and other types of arts and crafts for sale to wholesalers, retailers or the public directly at Indian art shows and markets. Misrepresentation by sale of unauthentic products created by non-Indians, including imports from foreign countries, is a matter of great concern to Indian artisans, who may have to reduce their prices or lose sales because of competition from lower-priced imitation products. This book explores the misrepresentation problem of American Indian artisans which extends beyond tangible arts and crafts to include other types of traditional knowledge and cultural expression, such as song, dance and writings. (Imprint: Nova)
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