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Book co-authored by UND Graduate Faculty Members Wins Prestigious Award.

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The 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards, often referred to as “IPPY Awards,” have chosen Storytelling Time: Native North American Art from the Collections at the University of North Dakota as one of the “Outstanding Books of the Year.” A gold medal will be awarded at a gala celebration on the May 23 in New York City. The book was authored by UND graduate faculty members Arthur Jones and Lucy Ganje, along with Native-American artist and UND alum Nelda Schrupp.

In addition, Dr. Leigh Jeanotte, director of the UND American Indian Student Services and the American Indian Center, wrote the book’s Introduction. The book also includes poetry by Native American poet and UND alum Denise Lajimodiere. Several UND graduate students helped with research, photography, and other assistance for the book and with its production.The publication, released in 2010, was the culmination of several years of research.

According to Independent Publisher’s, the 13 winners of the “Outstanding Books of the Year” were chosen from among nearly 4,000 entries for “having the courage and creativity necessary to take changes, break new ground, and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society.”

According to the book’s authors, the project involved a tremendous amount of research on the objects themselves, on the collection as a whole, and on how this art is viewed within the various departments where it is housed on campus. Of key concern in the study was an understanding of past and current viewpoints about the collecting of Native American art.

The authors were mindful of issues with this art, such as respect, appropriateness in terms of how the objects are handled, what can be photographed, and what can be put on exhibition.

On learning about the award, Arthur Jones said, “I was really surprised. In fact, I didn’t even know that the book was being considered. Our publisher [Hudson Hills Press] had apparently entered the book in the competition.”

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Written by School of Graduate Studies

May 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

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