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Native American Clothing: An Illustrated History

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More than five centuries of native peoples' artistry.

Native Americans crafted beautiful clothing out of skins, pigment, quills and sinew. The collection of photographs in this outstanding reference celebrates this decorative genius. Many of the 300 photographs from more than 60 leading museums and private collections have never been published previously.

The book describes the clothing in fascinating detail, from moccasins and tunics to sashes, bags and ceremonial and burial costumes. Theodore Brasser explains who made what and how, as well as the meanings of the different kinds of decoration, such as beadwork, embroidery, applique, patchwork, weaving and dyeing. There are also many examples of native pottery and other historic artifacts that depict themes used in the clothes.

Native American Clothing provides a thorough historical background of the many influences on this clothing, including:

MythologySocial statusPolitical standingWealthClimateGeographyContact with European settlers.

The book covers the entire North American continent and is organized by tribal groups and regions:

SoutheastNorthern east coastEastern Great LakesEastern sub-ArcticGreat LakesPlainsSouthwestPlateau/desertCaliforniaNorthwest coastWestern sub-ArcticArctic.

Numerous maps show the ranges of the tribes and convey how trade and travel spread cultural themes.

With authoritative text and art-quality color reproductions, Native American Clothing will be important to collectors and historians and will also appeal to general readers.

Review:

"Brasser, a retired curator and an expert in the art and design of indigenous North Americans, has picked some 300 examples (from among thousands of artifacts residing in museums and private collections) for this lush, beautiful volume. Brasser breaks the collection into 12 regional groups which represent unique habitats, from the semi-tropical cultures of the Southeast to those of the High Arctic, moving in the direction of European contact, from south to north and from east to west). Each chapter includes a detailed map, the names and localities of various tribal groups, and relevant history, including what is known of pre-contact histories and the region's interaction with Europeans. Throughout, Brasser includes paintings made by European artists (from the early 16th through the mid-19th centuries) illustrating how native peoples were clothed and decorated at the time of initial contact. Historical essays describe a series of mostly tragic events, emphasizing the improbable survival of so many beautiful garments, bowls, rugs, bags, belts, and other artifacts. Featuring an amazing breadth of clothing design, motif, and technique, Brasser's volume makes an excellent cross-collection resource for anyone interested in indigenous art or Native American history. 300 color and b&w photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Author Brasser (former curator National Museum of Ethnology, Netherlands, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa) provides a lavishly illustrated history and visual record of the clothing of native peoples from 12 regions of the North American continent. The 300 photographs, many of them published for the first time, are set in historical contexts covering topics such as agriculture, ceremonies, craftsmanship and materials, cultural identity, diet, the division of labor, hunting, migration routes, mythology, shamanism, and others. Oversize: 9.5x11.5". Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

More than five centuries of native peoples' artistry.

Synopsis:

Native Americans craft beautiful clothing out of skins, pigment, quills, and sinew. The collection of photographs in this outstanding reference celebrates this decorative genius.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781554074334
Author:
Brasser, Theodore
Publisher:
Firefly Books
Subject:
American - Native American
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Fashion
Subject:
Indians of North America - Clothing
Subject:
Art - General
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
11.20x9.32x1.17 in. 4.42 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Firefly Books - English 9781554074334 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Brasser, a retired curator and an expert in the art and design of indigenous North Americans, has picked some 300 examples (from among thousands of artifacts residing in museums and private collections) for this lush, beautiful volume. Brasser breaks the collection into 12 regional groups which represent unique habitats, from the semi-tropical cultures of the Southeast to those of the High Arctic, moving in the direction of European contact, from south to north and from east to west). Each chapter includes a detailed map, the names and localities of various tribal groups, and relevant history, including what is known of pre-contact histories and the region's interaction with Europeans. Throughout, Brasser includes paintings made by European artists (from the early 16th through the mid-19th centuries) illustrating how native peoples were clothed and decorated at the time of initial contact. Historical essays describe a series of mostly tragic events, emphasizing the improbable survival of so many beautiful garments, bowls, rugs, bags, belts, and other artifacts. Featuring an amazing breadth of clothing design, motif, and technique, Brasser's volume makes an excellent cross-collection resource for anyone interested in indigenous art or Native American history. 300 color and b&w photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , More than five centuries of native peoples' artistry.
"Synopsis" by , Native Americans craft beautiful clothing out of skins, pigment, quills, and sinew. The collection of photographs in this outstanding reference celebrates this decorative genius.
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