The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Legacy

The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Legacy

by Frank Porter


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In recent years, Native American basketry has aroused the interest and admiration of individuals, from the scholar to the collector. It is a complex subject and offers an opportunity to study through time the various changes which transpired in its function, form and manufacture. Native American Basketry: A Living Legacy, by Frank W. Porter III, is the first major study of the subject since 1904, and presents a collection of essays written by those intimately familiar with the basket makers and basketry of North America.

Illustrated with approximately 80 black-and-white photographs—many of which are historical records of basket makers and their baskets—Native American Basketry uses archaeological, ethnographic, historical and contemporary information in discussing the changes in native basketry from prehistoric times to the present. In spite of the wide range of habitats, as well as the social and cultural diversity of the basket-making tribes, it is surprising to discover the similar ways the basket makers adapted basketry after prolonged contact with nonIndian peoples. The book is especially well-suited not only for the scholar of American Indian art history, but cultural history as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313267161
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/10/1990
Series: Contributions to the Study of Anthropology Series , #5
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.31(d)
Lexile: 1310L (what's this?)

About the Author

FRANK W. PORTER III is the Director of the Chelsea House Foundation for American Studies. He was previously the Director of the American Indian Research and Resource Institute in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His other works include Strategies for Survival: American Indians in the Eastern United States (Greenwood Press, 1986) and Native American Basketry: An Annotated Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 1988).

Table of Contents

Introduction by Frank W. Porter III

Micmac Indian Basketry, by Joleen Gordon

Many Motives: Change in Northeastern Native Basket Making by Ann McMullen

Basketry of the Middle Atlantic and Southeast by Frank W. Porter III

Plains Indian Basketry: Techniques and Uses by Mary Jane Schneider

Basketry of the Northwestern Plateaus by G. Lynette Miller

Washoe Basketweaving: A Historical Outline by Marvin Cohodas

Southwestern Indian Basketry by Clara Lee Tanner

Weaver's Talk, the Language of Baskets and the Meaning of Aesthetic Judgements: The Patwin of Central California by Bruce Bernstein

Changes in Cahuilla Coiled Basketry by Joanne M. Mack

Hupa, Karok, and Yurok Basketry by Linda L. Eisenhart

Continuity and Change in the Basketry of Western Washington by Carolyn J. Marr

Regional and Personal Style in Northwest Coast Basketry by Andrea Laforet

Tlingit Basketry, 1750-1950 by Ronald L. Weber

Objects of Knowledge: The Communicative Aspect of Baleen Baskets by Molly Lee

The Influence of Attu Weavers on Aleut Basketry by Raymond L. Hudson


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