National Gold IPPY Medalist, Fine Art, Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2015
Transformation and Continuity in Lakota Culture is a “well-designed catalogue. . . . Amiotte’s artwork explores the effects of cultural change, innovation, and cultural continuity on later generations of Lakota people. . . . Amiotte’s three essays elaborate how his research on the life and art of his great-grandfather intertwined with and reinforced his own artistic journey and continues to influence his collages.”—South Dakota History
“Arthur’s singular gift is his ability to communicate both visually and verbally, and to do so with humor, grace, knowledge, and insight.”—Janet Catherine Berlo, University of Rochester
Through his artwork, Arthur Amiotte offers insight into the early reservation period, a time of great upheaval for the Lakota people. In words and images, he tells the fascinating story of his great-grandfather, Standing Bear, a Lakota artist whose family uniquely blended Native and European ways of life.
Drawing inspiration from Standing Bear’s legacy, Amiotte uses ephemera, historical and modern photographs and artworks, and the remembered stories of his relatives to compose collages that tell the story of a culture and people in transition. The vivid juxtaposition of materials allows viewers to experience the nuances and fluctuations in the Lakota people’s environment, values, and way of life.
Louis S. Warren relates the life of Standing Bear in a brief biography, and Janet Catherine Berlo contributes an essay placing Amiotte’s collages in their artistic and anthropological contexts.