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Born in 1947 in New Boston, Texas, Michael graduated from New Boston High School in 1965. He graduated from Texas A&M Commerce in 1971 with a B.S. in psychology, and received his M. S. from Texas A&M Kingsville in 1972. Michael earned his doctorate at Texas A&M Commerce in counseling in 1974.

Michael has performed over 1200 live stage shows in the past ten years across America and Canada, and his nationally syndicated magazine column, "Throwing My Loop," is read by thousands each month. His stories of encouragement are heard on a number of public and private radio affiliates throughout North America, and he is the host of a weekly radio broadcast titled "Reflections of a Cowboy".

Michael lives on a horse farm in Campbell, Texas with his wife, Dr. Sharon Johnson, four roping horses, ten steers, and their Australian Shepherd named Rowdy.

Arts & Crafts of the Native American Tribes
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;

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.


Encyclopedia Of Native Tribes of North America
Format: Hardcover

This superb, fully illustrated reference offers the most up-to-date and essential facts on the identity, kinships, locations, populations and cultural characteristics of some 400 separately identifiable peoples native to the North American continent, both living and extinct, from the Canadian Arctic to the Rio Grande.