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 photographsmany of which are historical records of basket makers and their basketsNative 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.
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