Illustrates some of the more exquisite items of the Plains Indians culture in the last century which were derived from buffalo or deer. These range from women s dresses, children's clothes & men's ceremonial or war shirts to shields, buffalo robes & blankets. Each piece has its own aesthetic; each one has variety, pattern & vitality & shows the particular traits of the tribe which produced it. Each item is examined in terms of decoration & style of adornment -- highlighting the use of materials ranging from porcupine quills & seed beads to eagle, hawk or crow feathers -- & the use of particular colors. Reveals the more arcane details of the items illustrated.
Colin F. Taylor
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Color Photography Native American tanned hides, hide painting, and beadwork are explained with the way Native Americans lived daily. Nicely done with plenty of Deer & Buffalo: War shirts, Dresses, Painted Hides, Lances, Shields, and more.
This is an amazingly wonderful book! It features excellent color photos, both full-size and detail, of dozens of circa 19th century Plains Indian works of leather, including shirts, leggings, robes, and other practical artwork. Beadwork, quillwork adn paint adorn these works of buffalo deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep hides, and the author selected some astoundingly lovely pieces.
The text that accompanies each one goes into the source, the components, and the cultural significance of both the objects themselves and their adornment, as well as interesting bits of information about certain details, such as a particular type of bead or feather used, or the importance of the piece in its culture. The tribal origins of each entry are also discussed, including cases where the author disagreed with the museum or collection that held the piece, and details explaining why (ie, this detail resembles this tribe instead of that tribe).
this small book is a treasure. the photos are stunning, there is a broad range of subjects and the text is informative. its a pity it is out of print.
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