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Beading in the Native American tradition
Dean, David, 1957-
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Publication Information:
Loveland, Colo. : Interweave Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
150 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
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TT860 .D42 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Full-color photographs illustrate the rich art of Native American beadwork in this combination practical how-to and coffee-table book. A historical perspective explains how and why beadwork is produced and what techniques are popular today. Clear and concise directions show how to produce beadwork in the Native American tradition, including lane stitch, loom, applique, gourd stitch, and Comanche brickwork. An illustrated gallery showcases historical and contemporary beadwork. Also included is information on research, tools, and materials.

Author Notes

David Dean , a noted bead worker, learned his craft from older relatives in the Choctaw tribe and is the author of Craft of the Mind , Art of the Soul , and Native Pockets . He lives in Dearborn, Michigan.

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Library Journal Review

Beadwork decoration, which spread throughout the Native American tribes of North America as a result of contact with European traders, is now considered a traditional craft. Dean, a bead worker and teacher of Choctaw descent, describes the materials and techniques of Native American beadwork as practiced over the past 230 years. The book contains projects demonstrating the use of various stitches, information on collecting traditional beadwork, and photographs of finished pieces from the collection of Charles Eagle Plume. A good working manual, this volume brings together much information on a popular topic and will be welcome in all crafts or folk art collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.