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North American Indian jewelry and adornment : from prehistory to the present
Dubin, Lois Sherr.
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New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1999.
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608 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
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E98.J48 D83 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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This splendid reference is the result of the author's ten years spent researching in archives, photographing artifacts, and conducting interviews with elders and artists, excerpts of which are interspersed throughout the information-packed text. Jewelry, beadwork, and ceremonial regalia are presented in 1,200-plus illustrations (about 820 in color), including three eight-page gatefolds; diagrams of jewelry techniques and regional maps are also included. Though it makes no claim to be comprehensive, the scope is expansive, extending from the Arctic Circle to northern Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and including a full spectrum of ornamental artwork. The author's previous work The History of Beads is well regarded; and this authoritative and beautiful reference will no doubt stand equal to it. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Author Notes

Lois Sherr Dubin lives in New York City and southern Vermont.

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Library Journal Review

Don't waste time reading this review; order this book now for whatever kind of library you may have. This big, beautiful, knock-your-socks-off title covers not only Native American adornment but also its history, the uses of materials, the spiritual meaning, the archaeology and oral traditions, and the artists. As treated here, adornment means not just jewelry but robes and headdresses, horse decoration, masks, and more. Modern work holds its own with the ancient in dazzling photographs, and occasional fold-out pages show staggering displays on themes such as beadwork as seen in Northwest Coast bracelets. Dubin (The History of Beads) follows themes as they develop, such as pictographic details used throughout the history of a tribe. There has not been such a broad and informative book before, and this will likely become the standard reference. Recommended for all libraries.√ĄGay Neale, Southside Virginia Community Coll. Lib., Alberta and Keysville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Entering the Circlep. 8
Forming the Circle: The Early Americansp. 20
Shifting Boundaries: The Arcticp. 32
Flowers and Furs: The Subarcticp. 42
Gifts of Shell and Silver: The Woodlandsp. 56
Vision Quests and Strong Medicine: The Plainsp. 76
Converging Traditions: The Great Basinp. 96
Basketry and Beadwork: The Plateaup. 104
Carvers and Jewelers: The Northwest Coastp. 110
Regalia from Sky, Land, and Sea: Californiap. 122
Veins of Turquoise: The Southwestp. 130
Crossroads within the Circlep. 148
Notesp. 152
Selected Bibliographyp. 154
Indexp. 157
Photograph and Illustration Creditsp. 159