Release Date: February 2, 2009
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Canadian Plains Research Center publishes two new books
The Canadian Plains Research Center (CPRC) is pleased to announce the publication of two new books edited by University of Regina authors.

The first book, Clearing a Path: New Ways of Seeing Traditional Indigenous Art, is edited by First Nations University of Canada scholar Carmen Robertson and noted Saskatchewan Métis artist and scholar, Sherry Farrell Racette.

"In 2005, as part of the province's centennial celebrations, the Saskatchewan Arts Board contracted Carmen Robertson and Sherry Farrell Racette to curate an exhibition which would bring together a diverse group of contemporary artists working in traditional Indigenous media," says Brian Mlazgar, publications manager of the CPRC.  "When Clearing a Path opened in November of that year, few could have predicted the strength of its work. More than three years later, the exhibition continues to flourish and tour."

The exhibition catalogue includes photographs of the works and brief biographies of the 21 participating artists. Artists' statements for many of the pieces provide unique insight into the artistic process and the artist's connection to his or her history and traditions. In two introductory essays, Robertson and Farrell Racette explore the history of traditional artists and their art: the criminalization of indigenous arts and ceremonies, the subsequent loss of culture through colonization and more recently, the struggle to have their work considered "art" rather than "handicraft."

The second book published by CPRC is Berlin's Culturescape in the 20th Century, edited by Thomas Bredohl and Michael Zimmermann.

"Based on a conference of the same name held at the University of Regina, Berlin's Culturescape in the 20th Century reflects the many facets of Berlin's unique development as a cultural metropolis. At the centre of this compilation of essays is the notion of "culturescape" as a concept that describes the cultural expressions and identities that occur within a given urban space," says Mlazgar. "From industrialization and modernization to division and subsequent reunification, Berlin has been the flashpoint of German history and culture."

The essays contained in this volume are part of a discourse that examines expressions of the city's literature, film, and fashion.

The CPRC is the longest-serving research institute at the University of Regina, with a broad mandate to improve understanding and appreciation of the Canadian Plains region, its people, and its resources.