Please note that some materials in UBC Library collections may contain outdated, inaccurate, offensive, derogatory, and/or harmful terminology. This language reflects usage at the time of a document's creation (historical context) as well as controlled vocabularies used to describe particular topics (i.e., the Library of Congress Classification Scheme as it is used to catalogue Indigenous materials).
Materials on First Nations and Indigenous topics can be challenging to locate because Indigenous Peoples, places, and ways of knowing may be identified by more than one name, variant spellings, as well as colonially imposed names.
UBC's First Nations House of Learning and X̱wi7x̱wa Library have played an integral role in revising subject headings and developing controlled vocabularies that no longer reflect colonial naming practices, and more accurately convey the usage preferences of the Indigenous peoples to which they refer.
In your research you may encounter, and need to perform searches, using terms as seen in the examples below. Although some terminology is outdated, it may still be in use in cataloguing systems.
For details on optimizing search strategies for topics in Indigenous Studies, see:
For details on using terminology that is respectful, accurate, and inclusive, see:
Here is a small selection of recently acquired titles for art.
Click on an image to be redirected to the item record in the UBC Library Catalogue.
Becoming our Future: Global Àbadakone Sonny Assu and Meryl McMaster: As Immense
Indigenous Curatorial \ Continuous Fire Brendan Tang: as the Sky
Practice Ready Player Two
Kent Monkman: Shame Skawennati: From UnSettled, exhibition catalogue
and Prejudice: A Story of Skyworld to curated by Adrian Stimson
Books in the call number ranges listed below are located on Levels 3 & 4 of the Music, Art & Architecture Library:
Core Art books are classed in the N-call number range.
Photography books are classed in the T-call number range.
Additional call numbers to consider:
Note: some topics are interdisciplinary and may not limited to the call numbers above.
For more information on how call numbers are organized by the Library of Congress, see:
The X̱wi7x̱wa Library uses a British Columbia variant of the X̱wi7x̱wa Classification System, first developed by Kahnawake librarian Brian Deer for the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) in the 1970s.
In X̱wi7x̱wa's collections, art books are classed in the W-call number range:
New Art Books
To browse new art books recently acquired by the Music, Art & Architecture Library, see: New Books & Materials. Search by using:
(1) the "Restrict to subject" option and selecting "Fine Arts" in the drop down menu.
(2) the "Call number range(s)" option and identifying a specific call number to search (eg., AM, N-NX, ND249, TR).
(3) "More Options" and selecting "Music, Art & Architecture Library." Note: this retrieves new books from all three disciplines.
Listed below is a selection of art subject headings that can be used for keyword searching in the UBC Library Catalogue.
Click on the links to browse books on specific subjects.
By Peoples / places:
By form / style / media:
By artist / group:
By general Indigenous art and artists resources:
Click on the links above or browse the UBC Catalogue for other subject headings. A visual example of how to get started is shown below.
Expanding your Search
To find more keywords/subjects try searching the following resources: