Abstract

This article characterizes the work of Native basket weaver Mabel McKay, using some of the conceptual tools of twentiethth-century phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Specifically, McKay's baskets have often been described as "living;" Merleau-Ponty's account of the world as "living flesh" seems to suggest a way of thinking about these baskets as more than mere artifacts. I conclude that McKay's baskets are a powerful propaedeutic: they awaken a sense of ourselves as perceivers.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 103-113
Launched on MUSE
2003-06-27
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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