North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment: From Prehistory to the Present

North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment: From Prehistory to the Present

by Lois Sherr Dubin
     
 

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Adornment -- jewelry, beadwork, and ceremonial regalia -- is a defining element of cultural expression for North American Indians. Southwestern turquoise jewelry and Plains beadwork are recognized hallmarks of Indian peoples, yet there exist many other examples of Indian artistry, such as beautifully "carved" metal bracelets from the Northwest Coast; quill- and… See more details below

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Adornment -- jewelry, beadwork, and ceremonial regalia -- is a defining element of cultural expression for North American Indians. Southwestern turquoise jewelry and Plains beadwork are recognized hallmarks of Indian peoples, yet there exist many other examples of Indian artistry, such as beautifully "carved" metal bracelets from the Northwest Coast; quill- and moosehair work from the Subarctic; etched dentalium-shell and elk-horn jewelry from northern California; and engraved purple mussel-shell gorgets from Oklahoma and the Southeast. This remarkable book presents hundreds of beautiful and distinctive objects of Indian adornment from prehistoric times to the present. For more than ten years, Lois Sherr Dubin, author also of Abrams' highly regarded The History of Beads: From 30,000 B.C. to the Present, conducted extensive research, photographed artifacts, and interviewed tribal elders and artists throughout the continent. Dubin sets the stage with an introduction to the earliest known Americans and the artifacts they left behind. She then focuses on the cultures of specific regions, moving across North America, from the Arctic and Subarctic to the Woodlands, the Plains, the Plateau, the Great Basin, the Northwest Coast, California, and the Southwest. Her richly informative text traces the development of techniques and styles across regional and cultural boundaries, and incorporates remembrances and insights from dozens of Native artisans and elders. The final chapter features a visit to a contemporary powwow, an important means by which Indian adornment continues to develop and flourish. Also included are diagrams related to jewelry techniques, maps, illustrated sidebars, and two sumptuous eight-page gatefolds highlighting, respectively, floral beadwork and Northwest Coast bracelets. Dubin's book has a vividness and immediacy that will appeal to jewelry lovers as well as anyone interested in anthropology and, especially, the fascinating art and culture of the

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Editorial Reviews

Alice Korach
Lois Dubin's latest book, over ten years in the making, is superb....You'll pore over this book again and again....Finally, when you can bear to take the book off your coffee table, you'll take it to bed and read it cover to cover....[E]xpresses the wholeness of the Native American experience.Bead & Button
Amy C. Clarke
It is impressive to see how these works, captured by photography and placed between the pages of a massive book, retain their motion and spiritual power. This feat is achieved through the excellence of the photography, the aethetic integrity fo the work, and Dubin's ability to put that work in its spiritual, mythological, and historical context.
Beadwork Magazine
Anthony Brandt
After eight years of research Lois Sherr Dubin has written North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment, an encyclopedic survey of Native American design from prehistory through the millennium. Visually dazzling, this book is infused with Dubin's understanding of Native American spirtuality, the inspiration for Native American design. Knowledgeable and insightful, Dubin has authored the definitive work on a complex topic.
Men's Journal
Robert Kasal
North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment is by no menas an encyclpedia, but rather a personal and intelligent compilation of stories and information collected from ancient and contemporary sources over a decade-long journey. Dubin weaves this knowledge into easily understood patterns, revealing meanings behind intriguing objects that enrich their visual appeal. The book is a monumental accomplishment and a vital resource.
American Craft
Library Journal - Library Journal
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.--Gay Neale, Southside Virginia Community Coll. Lib., Alberta and Keysville Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
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 is well regarded; and this authoritative and beautiful reference will no doubt stand equal to it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
American Craft
...beautifully written, generously illustrated and carefully researched...A personal and intelligent compilation of stories and information...a vital resource.
Associated Press
...a colorful heavyweight, packed with information and images...The author's passion for her subject underlies the scholarly detail of her text...

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810944466
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
Concise Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.37(h) x 0.75(d)

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