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A Warrior I Have Been: Plains Indian Cultures in Transition

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This catalog of a museum exhibition traces the evolution of Plains Indian art and culture from early times to the present. Representing a wide range of tribes, over two hundred color photos of exhibit pieces and other items, along with many black and white photographs from the early 1900s compliment the sections on men's parade regalia, warrior clothing, dance regalia, tools and implements, tipi furniture, women's clothing and trade cloth dresses, childhood items, horse gear, ...

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Overview

This catalog of a museum exhibition traces the evolution of Plains Indian art and culture from early times to the present. Representing a wide range of tribes, over two hundred color photos of exhibit pieces and other items, along with many black and white photographs from the early 1900s compliment the sections on men's parade regalia, warrior clothing, dance regalia, tools and implements, tipi furniture, women's clothing and trade cloth dresses, childhood items, horse gear, tobacco bags, and many more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967149417
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company, The
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2009

    warrior i have been

    Marvellous study of plains tribes through their material culture, from clothes and accouterments to tools and weaponry. Informed and balanced - I obtained a copy for my college library .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2008

    Warrior I Have Been: Plains Indian Cultures in Transition

    It took me a long time to track down a copy of this - but it was well worth the wait. Great photography of old Plains Indian costume and accessories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    Warrior I Have Been: Plains Indian Cultures in Transition

    Such a nice book, with some very informative essays before the actual catalog section. Great pictures of Indian clothes and ceremonial objects!

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  • Posted March 1, 2009

    A Warrior I Have Been: Plains Indian Cultures in Transition

    There are very few images so deeply embedded in the modern world's psyche
    than that of the blood-thirsty, war-whooping, feather-bonneted Native
    American astride an equally flamboyant painted pony. It's a myth, of course, but like all myths it has stubbornly persisted - right up to the present day. 'A Warrior I Have Been', by Richard Green, goes a long way to dispelling this fiction.

    Broken down into two parts, the first comprising five authoritative essays, the book devotes itself to the transition and change evident in Plains Indian cultures in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries - concluding with analysis of the all-pervasive and damaging stereotypes of Plains Indians.

    The range, and beauty, of the 160 or so artifacts shown is breathtaking, each image complete with concise, informative captions. Each item portrayed is unique - sometimes simple, other times complex, many of the pieces illustrated having intriguing provenance. Beaded and painted designs decorate a range of weapons, clothing, special regalia, everyday items and pieces made for sale.

    Chapter One: 'Behold These Things - Northern Plains Men's Parade Regalia', and Two: 'Something Splendid I Wear - Plain's Trade Cloth Dresses', sees the author concentrating his thoughts on Plains clothing, particularly the evolutionary changes in style and materials brought about by trade with the ever encroaching whites into Indian lands.

    Chapter Three: 'In Paint and Feathers - On Tour with Pahaska', strikes out into different territory and focuses on the visit to Birmingham by Buffalo Bill Cody and his Sioux troupers in 1903. It was the egocentric Cody's European sojourns that help feed, and sustain, the stereotypes of Plains Indians mentioned above.

    Chapter Four: 'Some Honour I Seek - Sioux Indians in Early Postcards',
    examines Sioux Indians as popular subjects for picture postcards in the
    Edwardian era and just after. There are over seventy superb postcards
    presented in the book all from the author's photographic archive.

    Chapter Five: 'White Man's Vision - Evolving Stereotypes of the Plains
    Indian', scrutinises the commonly held view of the 'Noble Savage'
    (environmentalist, earth saviour) as against the 'cruel barbarian' as
    categorised and portrayed in countless Hollywod western movies.

    The second part of the book catalogues the Richard Green Collection of
    Plains beadwork and other material, much of which formed part of a major
    exhibition at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, (17 July - 3 October 2004). It includes fine examples of Plains beadwork, quillwork, featherwork, footwear, dance regalia, horsegear, items relating to childhood and much, much more.

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