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America's Gift
Format: Paperback
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
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.
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Blackfoot Craftworker's Book
Format: Paperback
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.
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Caribou Skin Clothing of the Iglulik Inuit
Author: Sylvie Pharand
Format: Paperback
Caribou Skin Clothing of the Iglulik Inuit outlines the various steps involved in the creation of traditional Inuit caribou skin clothing, namely the hunt, preparation, and sewing.

In addition to diagrams and practical instructions, this book is filled with historical information and insights from Elders of the Iglulik region.

Meticulously researched by former Arctic resident and anthropologist Sylvie Pharand, this book can be used as a practical guide to creating caribou skin clothing, as well as a general-interest text for those interested in traditional skin clothing.
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Carve Your Own Totem Pole
Format: Paperback
B.C. Science Supplementary Resource: Gr.3- Physical Science

This well-illustrated guidebook includes the history of totem-pole carving and its West Coast native traditions, techniques and patterns. It examines the historic and modern tools involved. And it also presents great ideas for carving a totem pole, whether with traditional designs or more personal motifs.
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Crafts and Skills of the Native Americans: Tipis, Canoes, Jewelry, Moccasins, and More
Format: Paperback
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
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Craftwork Techniques of the Native Americans
Author: Scott Sutton
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.
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Fingerweaving Basics
Author: Findley Gerald L,
Format: Paperback
Fingerweaving has been practiced by Native Americans for centuries. It requires no sophisticated loom, only the nimble hands of the weaver. Each technique is presented in detail. The instructions are simple and clearly written, and each step is illustrated with color drawings that make the different threads easy to identify. Includes a color photo of each finished weaving. The approach used here makes this craft much more accessible to amateurs who may have wanted to try it but may have been turned off by the complexity of other books on the subject. Several variations are given for chevron stitch, lightning pattern, arrowhead pattern, bead accents, and fringe.
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Fingerweaving Untangled
Author: Carol James
Format: Paperback
This publication is a welcome addition to the literature on the ancient craft of fingerweaving. Carol James, an accomplished Winnipeg weaver and teacher, has dedicated over 20 years to the art. Her knowledge and sash reproductions are based on the detailed study of historical artifacts and are housed in various heritage institutions such as the Manitoba Museum and the Musee de Saint-Boniface.
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How To Build An Igloo: And Other Snow Shelters
Format: Paperback
How are the ice blocks of igloos so perfectly formed and fitted, and able, it's been said, to withstand the weight of a polar bear? How can you determine if the fresh snow that's fallen outside your front door is as good for making a slab shelter as a snowman? What is a slab shelter, anyway? For that matter, what are drift caves, spruce traps, snow block walls, and bivy bag shelters, and how would you go about building them, whether for winter fun or protection from the weather?

In this instructive, whimsical, illustrated manual, Norbert E. Yankielun, a seasoned cold-regions explorer and researcher, takes readers step-by-step through the process of constructing and inhabiting a range of useful snow structures, from the most basic to the more complex. Whether you're a veteran back country skier or a backyard builder, this is one book you won't want to be without. 100 black-and-white line drawings
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How to Build an Iglu and a Qamutiik: Inuit Tools and Techniques, Volume One
Format: Paperback
The iglu, a traditional winter shelter built in the Arctic for centuries, is a vital part of Inuit culture. The qamutiik, a traditional sled used for hunting, is an essential tool whose versatility and dependability have allowed it to endure over time.

In How to Build an Iglu & a Qamutiik, Solomon Awa provides thorough how-to instructions on building iglus and qamutiiks, along with general background information on their construction and importance to survival. Complete with detailed, clear illustrations, this valuable resource will teach readers to build these structures that are so central to Inuit culture and tradition.
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Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns
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Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns: Chain-Weaving Designs Bead Loom Weaving and Bead Embroidery - An Illustrated "How-To" Guide

This how-to guide provides beaders with over 200 illustrations and photographs of 47 bead-work pieces. The emphasis here is on traditional Native American techniques. The patterns include Ogalala Butterfly, Peyote Stitch, Apache Leaf, Zig-zag, Potawatomi Weave, and Lakota Chain among others. Includes sources for supplies, notes on knots and threading, and an illustrated section on how to make an Indian Bead Loom. Other techniques explained are pendants, ear drops, rosettes, applique, and sewn beadery. A complete beading resource.

Expanded to 80 pages in 1989, reprinted in 1993, this has been the best introduction to Native American beadworking since 1971.

Please Note
While it has been updated and reprinted, this book is older and has black and white images and smaller print. This may present a challenge for beginning beaders who are used to more modern photo or video tutorials. Patterns in the book do not provide directions for finishing pieces from beginning to end but rather show the basics for different weaves that you can then use your own creativity and intuition to complete. This book is a product of its time, but it is still a wonderful resource for those seeking to learn more about beading and for preserving indigenous arts and culture.

Suggested Audience: intermediate/advanced beaders or those who are familiar with older beading books and patterns.

Reviews
"A treasure chest of beading knowledge, much of which I've never seen anywhere else.... My only quibble is that the book layout and printing is very outdated (almost nostalgic, in fact, for someone who's been doing beadwork as long as I have.) There are few photos to show what a particular pattern looks like when worked up, and the charts are quite rudimentary. For a curious, motivated beader, this can make the book a happy adventure. You never quite know what you'll get when you start a new pattern. I particularly enjoy this creative aspect, but it does heighten the learning curve for beaders who are used to working from well-illustrated texts that are now standard in beading books and magazines, as well as making it difficult to scan the pages for a particular pattern." - Urbanspinner

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80 pages | 7.06" x 9.98"

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Learning by Designing Vol. 1: Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art
Format: Paperback
This reference and instructional manual contains a detailed thoroughly analysed, well-supported comparisons of the four Pacific Northwest First Nations art styles. There are 800 clear, detailed illustrations accompanied by straightforward copy. Topics include design formalise, ovoids, U shapes, S shapes, heads, body parts, and design formation, as well as a step-by-step "How to Draw" section.

This reference and instructional manual contains a detailed, thoroughly analyzed, well-supported comparison of the four Pacific Northwest First Nations art styles. There are 800 clear, detailed illustrations accompanied by straightforward copy. Topics include design formline, ovoids, U shapes, S shapes, heads, body parts, and design formation, as well as a step-by-step "How to Draw" section.
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Learning By Designing Vol. 2: Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art
Format: Paperback
This companion manual to Volume 1 puts First Nations art into deeper cultural context, providing Native Indian philosophy, knowledge and skills foundation, code of ethics, and interviews with a contemporary First Nations family, as well as some aspects of historical context and a description of the Potlatch. A full colour, 16-page creation story with 20 designs is included.

Additional topics include: contemporary design evolution with 50 examples, 20 designs to draw and paint, and a Quick Reference Chart containing over 100 designs.
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Learning By Doing: Northwest Coast Native Indian Art
Format: Paperback
This book contains step-by-step instructions and illustrations on the basics of drawing, designing, painting and carving in the Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian art style.
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