Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume

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"This impressive reference work took ten years to write, and the waiting was well worth it. Nothing of this scope and magnitude on this subject has been done before."—Choice
Slipping away from us in these times of the homogenization of culture are the traditions of older societies, some of them dating from 9000 B.C., who understood and were in tune with the changing vistas of the North American continent. Practical, yet with an eye for beauty, these peoples clothed themselves in a vast array of styles that will ...

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Overview

"This impressive reference work took ten years to write, and the waiting was well worth it. Nothing of this scope and magnitude on this subject has been done before."—Choice
Slipping away from us in these times of the homogenization of culture are the traditions of older societies, some of them dating from 9000 B.C., who understood and were in tune with the changing vistas of the North American continent. Practical, yet with an eye for beauty, these peoples clothed themselves in a vast array of styles that will be forgotten unless preserved. The Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume offers complete descriptions and cultural contexts of the dress and ornamentation of the many nations that have shared this continent. The book is divided into ten cultural regions, with each chapter giving an overview of the regional clothing. Tribal information includes men's and women's basic dress, footwear, outerwear, hair styles, headgear, accessories, jewelry, armor, special costumes, garment decoration, face and body embellishment, and transitional dress after European contact. This beautifully designed book contains more than 150 photographs and illustrations.Voted an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice

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“[A]uthoritative. . . . Beyond the basic description, the author includes insight into the culture, natural materials, and societal influences that led to the diversity of costumes.”
Booknews
A beautifully produced and illustrated (b&w) reference that offers complete descriptions and cultural contexts of the dress and ornamentation of the North American Indian tribes. The volume is divided into ten cultural regions, with each chapter giving an overview of the regional clothing. Individual tribes of the area follow in alphabetical order. Tribal information includes men's basic dress, women's basic dress, footwear, outer wear, hair styles, headgear, accessories, jewelry, armor, special costumes, garment decoration, face and body embellishment, transitional dress after European contact, and bibliographic references. Appendices include a description of clothing arts and a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"This impressive reference work took ten years to write, and the waiting was well worth it. Nothing of this scope and magnitude on this subject has been done before. Highly recommended for all libraries."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393313826
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 516
  • Sales rank: 792,577
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Josephine Paterek is professor emeritus in the speech and theater department at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. She is the author of Costuming for the Theater.

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  • Posted May 3, 2012

    Wonderful book, more than I expected. Not dull at all. Histor

    Wonderful book, more than I expected. Not dull at all. History on the clothes that so many Native Americans wore along with their footwear, and their jewelry. The author did alot of research to produce the pictures and information. Well worth having and reading.

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