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America's Gift
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • What the world owes to the Americas and their first inhabitants

    The world was never the same after 1492. The encounter of two “old worlds” gave rise to a truly new world on both sides of the Atlantic. America’s Gift recalls the full significance of the contact made between Europe and the Americas, mistakenly called the “New World.” As Columbian intellectual German Arciniegas wrote: “From questions of astronomy to the food on our table, America began transforming Europe the moment European explorers set foot on American soil. And what a transformation it was!” Authors Käthe Roth and Denis Vaugeois ably use an alphabetical glossary to connect the particular to the universal as they reveal some of the vast contributions the Americas and their original inhabitants made to the world. America’s Gift takes readers from one epiphany to another. In other words, Europe became a new world in the true sense of the term.

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Arts & Crafts of the Native American Tribes
Format: Hardcover
, 2011
  • Arts and Crafts of the Native American Tribes is an authoritative illustrated reference that has been carefully created to be a companion to Encyclopedia of Native Tribes of North America, not a competitive title. It examines in detail how Native American culture evolved and considers the regional similarities and differences of the arts and crafts created by tribes across the continent. Contemporary and modern photographs, fine line illustrations and step-by-step reconstructions (including a Plains Indian warrior dress with headdress, war bonnet, shirt and leggings) show the techniques of manufacture and display the skill and artistry of the crafters.

    The book opens with concise coverage of the main cultural areas of North America and a survey of styles by region and over time. A major section on the living structures -- huts, tipis, igloos, etc. -- is followed by an analysis of individual crafts. These include:

    - Baskets -- plaiting, twining, coiling
    - Bone, antler and horn -- implements, tools, pins, fishhooks
    - Decorative arts -- beadwork, porcupine quillwork
    - Featherwork -- bonnets and headdresses
    - Metalwork -- copper, silver, iron, gold
    - Pottery
    - Shellwork
    - Skinwork -- rawhide, leather, furs
    - Stonework -- arrowheads, pipes, art
    - Textiles -- spinning, weaving

    Woodwork -- totems, figures, masks, utensils, working with bark.
    Arts and Crafts of the Native American Tribes is destined to be a primary reference used by ethnographers, historians and collectors for years to come. It is essential for any library serving academic patrons.

$49.95

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Blackfoot Craftworker's Book
Format: Paperback
, 1991
  • This collection of photos of traditional accessories, clothing, cradleboards, utensils, and more is a look at Blackfoot material culture at its finest. History of the styles, descriptions of techniques and materials, and information about daily and ritual use of many of the items are included.

$15.95

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Crafts and Skills of the Native Americans: Tipis, Canoes, Jewelry, Moccasins, and More
Format: Paperback
, 2009
  • Crafts and Skills of Native Americans is a fascinating, practical guide to the skills that have made Native Americans famous worldwide as artisans and craftsmen. Readers can replicate traditional Native American living by trying a hand at brain tanning, identifying animal tracks, or constructing a horse saddle. Readers can even make distinctive Native American beaded jewelry, a variety of moccasins, headdresses, and gourd rattles. Native American style is unique and popular, especially among young people, historians, and those with a special interest in the American West

$22.95

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Craftwork Techniques of the Native Americans
Author: Scott Sutton
, 2015
  • Scott Sutton's latest craft book expands on the knowledge and skills presented in his first book, Beadwork Techniques of the Native Americans. This volume presents eight new beadwork projects in which Scott includes personal, little-known tips that he has developed from his extensive experience. Each lesson has easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by full-color photographs and detailed illustrations. Projects include medallions, belt buckles, barrettes, loom-beaded belts, scalp feathers, flat fans, moccasins, and small dance bags. Each section contains information on selecting the necessary materials, tools, and supplies.
    Both novice and experienced crafters are guaranteed many hours of pleasure
    creating these beautiful Native American objects. Beadworkers can use their
    new skills to produce other items or create their own designs.

$25.95

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Creations from the Heart: Native Crafts & Learning Activities
Format: Paperback
, 2005
  • Creations from the Heart provides interesting and straightforward “how-to” learning activities. It is designed for Ontario’s Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Level 3, though many of the activities can be modified to suit any level. They encourage growth by providing opportunities to observe, think and practice.

    You can complete any of the exercises that pertain to your training plan. In addition, the crafts and the Learning Challenges can be a springboard for many other questions, research and literacy learning that practitioners and students may want to develop.

    Creations from the Heart is divided into two books—The Crafts, Learning Challenges and Exercises and a separate Educator’s Guide.

    The crafts can be done by one individual student or any size group.

$20.95

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Native American Survival Skills
Author: W. Ben Hunt
Format: Paperback
, 2010
  • W. Ben Hunt, whose Sioux name was Tasunka Witko, traveled throughout the Midwest, living with several Native American tribes, finally settling near the site of the last Sioux uprising. Here he provides step-by-step instructions and exact dimensions to make Sioux ghost shirts, Plains Indian shields, box traps, Iniut snowshoes, and more. From making rawhide to putting the finishing touches on a pair of moccasins, beginners and seasoned woodsmen alike will enjoy making the tools and camp equipment that were used for centuries. Native American Survival Skills is a remarkable source of information about the Americans who first pioneered self-sufficient living. In it, there are lessons for all of us today.
    About the Author
    W. Ben Hunt, born at the close of the nineteenth century, spent many years roaming the Midwest and living occasionally with Native American tribes. The line drawings he made on such excursions preserved the Native American s survival techniques. An author of more than twenty books, he died in 1970.

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Through the Eyes of Our Elders: Cooking
Format: Paperback
, 2004
  • Step-by-step directions, supply lists and detailed photos walk the reader through the making of bannock or scone and corn soup.

    Ojibwe Elders supplied the knowledge and expertise for this fun project that teaches foundational Ojibwe cooking recipes.

$10.95

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Through the Eyes of Our Elders: Quill Basket Making
Format: Paperback
, 2004
  • This information guide book explains step-by-step, the process of making a quill basket with easy-to-read text and photos.

    Ojibwe Elders provided the knowledge and expertise for this fun project.

$10.95

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Through the Eyes of Our Elders: Quilting
Format: Paperback
, 2004
  • Make your own quilt by following the easy-to-read text and accompanying photos.

    Ojibwe Elders provided the knowledge and expertise for this fun project.

$10.95

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Warriors of the Plains: Native American Regalia & Crafts
Format: Paperback
, 2013
  • Filled with images both vintage and modern, this book illustrates the magnificent regalia worn by the warriors of the Great Plains. Many of today's powwow dancers incorporate vintage components in their outfits, and the numerous craftwork techniques presented here are sure to provide inspiration for creating contemporary dance and ceremonial regalia. Never before available in this format, the wealth of information in this book (covering beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of regalia) will guide readers in creating authentic reproductions of the clothing worn by tribes of the Northern, Central, and Southern Plains.

$23.95

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Woodcraft and Indian Lore
Format: Paperback
, 2007
  • “I should like to lead this whole nation into the way of living outdoors,” wrote Ernest Seton over seventy-five years ago. If the nation was in need of a dose of nature then, we can certainly benefit even more from Seton’s sage advice now. Learn how to build a campfire, a dam, or a birch bark basket; to recognize animal tracks, constellations, and all manner of forestry; to stop a nose-bleed, ease poison ivy, or soothe a sore throat with natural remedies; to make delicious biscuits on the trail and spot edible mushrooms; and more. This book is essential for Boy Scouts and their leaders, and great fun for anyone desiring a fuller experience of outdoors life.

$22.95

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