Art of the American Indian Frontier: The Chandler-Pohrt Collection

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Art of the American Indian Frontier examines an incomparable collection of nineteenth-century Native American art from the North American Woodlands, Prairie, and Plains. The collection resulted from the efforts of Milford G. Chandler and Richard A. Pohrt, whose early childhood fascination with the Indian frontier past evolved into a deep and comprehensive interest in Native American ceremonies, beliefs, and art. Though neither was wealthy or enjoyed the sponsorship of a museum, they traveled extensively early in ...
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Seattle, WA 1993 Third Printing; Soft Cover New 0295973188. Softcover is heavy, glazed paper. White lettering on black ground on front and spine. Rust colored endpapers. Pages ... are clean and tight; this is a NEW book, complete with the publisher's shrinkwrap, which was removed to describe the book. This is an exhibition guide for a showing of the collection from 1992-1994 at The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; Seattle Art Museum; Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming; The Detroit Institute of Arts. Essays by Richard A. Pohrt, Milford G. Chandler, and George P. Horse Capture. Illustrated with one map, 220 color plates, 34 b/w figures. Sections are: American Indian Dress: The Techniques of Ethnic Expression; Objects and Images; bibliography; index. Very oversized; 5#.; B & W and Color; 8 3/4 x 10 3/4; 368 pages; Cover has very minor rubbing/scuffing. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Art of the American Indian Frontier examines an incomparable collection of nineteenth-century Native American art from the North American Woodlands, Prairie, and Plains. The collection resulted from the efforts of Milford G. Chandler and Richard A. Pohrt, whose early childhood fascination with the Indian frontier past evolved into a deep and comprehensive interest in Native American ceremonies, beliefs, and art. Though neither was wealthy or enjoyed the sponsorship of a museum, they traveled extensively early in the twentieth century, buying or trading for objects they could not resist. This volume presents the Detroit Institute of Art's Chandler-Pohrt collection with detailed documentation and commentary. Clothing and accessories of porcupine quill and buckskin, woven textiles, bags, beadwork, necklaces, rawhide paintings, smoking pipes, tools, vessels and utensils, pictographs, and visionary paintings are portrayed in 220 stunning color plates. Complementing the illustrations are essays dealing with historical context, ethnographic issues, and the lives and philosophies of the collectors.
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The Detroit Institute of Arts possesses an incomparable collection of 19th-century Native American art from the North American woodlands, prairie, and plains, presented here with detailed documentation and commentary. Clothing and accessories of porcupine quill and buckskin, woven textiles, bags, beadwork, necklaces, rawhide paintings, smoking pipes, tools, vessels and utensils, pictographs, and visionary paintings are portrayed in 220 stunning color plates. Complementing the illustrations are essays dealing with historical context, ethnographic issues, and the lives and philosophies of the collectors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295973180
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 8.92 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Preface 13
Introduction: Art of the American Indian Frontier 19
Expressions of Ethnicity: Nineteenth-Century Dress 28
Metonym and Metaphor: Public and Private Meanings in Sculpture, Engraving, and Painting 55
American Indian Dress: The Techniques of Ethnic Expression
Woodlands and Prairies
Clothing Accessories of the Early Nineteenth Century: Porcupine Quill and Buckskin 69
Early Finger-Woven Textiles 74
Heddle-Woven Garters and Sashes 80
Warp-Faced Twined Bags 84
Great Lakes and Midwest Dress, 1830-1850 87
Embroidery of the Southeast before 1850 97
Early Loom-Woven Beadwork 101
Turbans and Bearclaw Necklaces 107
Synthesis and Innovation: The Prairie Style, 1860-1900 114
Later Woven Beadwork 120
Later Twined and Finger-Woven Textiles 126
Formal Dress at the Close of the Nineteenth Century 136
Plains
Early Dress of the "Upper Missouri Style" 149
Early Seed Bead Embroidery: The Emergence of Tribal Style 155
Parfleche: Rawhide Painting 167
Between Cultures: Dress of the Red River Metis 172
Later Dress and Decorative Arts of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Kiowa 178
Later Dress and Decorative Arts of the Sioux 186
Later Dress and Decorative Arts of the Crow and the "Transmontane Style" 195
Later Dress and Decorative Arts of the Northwest Plains: Mandan, Blackfeet, and Gros Ventre 204
The Measure of Men: Feather Bonnets 215
Objects and Images
Great Lakes and Prairies
Exchanges of Trust 223
Weapons of War 227
Smoking Pipes: Pleasing the Spirits 232
Tools as Sculpture 237
Vessels and Utensils: Bowls and Spoons 240
Images as Effigies 246
The Language of Pictographs 251
Plains
Clubs and Coup Sticks 261
Elk Antler Quirts 264
The Gift of Red Stone: Plains Smoking Pipes 267
Feasts for Power: Bowls and Spoons 273
Visionary Painting 279
Pictographs as History 288
The Miami War Pipe 295
A Collector's Life: A Memoir of the Chandler-Pohrt Collection 299
Richard A. Pohrt 323
Collecting and the Meanings of Collections 338
Bibliography 353
Index 357
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