Yankee India charts the beginnings of America's fascination with the subcontinent. Yankee mariners voyaged from ports along the eastern seaboard, becoming the first Americans to experience the distant and exotic civilization of India. Excerpts from mariners' journals and letters speak eloquently of these encounters with vastly different ways of life. India goods of the time--prints, paintings, and figurines depicting Indian scenes and people, as well as goods like bandannas, palampores (bedcovers), and shawls--illustrate the materials from which Americans constructed their images of India. Drawing on previously untapped museum archives and collections, Yankee India brings this important initial contact between America and India to life.
By Susan Bean, curator of South Asian and Korean art.
Hardcover: 288 pages, illustrated.
Pub. Date: 2001