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Native American Clothing: An Illustrated History

Brasser, Theodore

Published by Firefly Books, Buffalo, 2009
ISBN 10: 1554074339 / ISBN 13: 9781554074334
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Title: Native American Clothing: An Illustrated ...

Publisher: Firefly Books, Buffalo

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

Description:

Pictorial glossy boards (hard cover) in mylar protected dust-jacket. 368 pages, w/ Index; color illustrations. A record of the daily and ceremonial clothing worn by native peoples from twelve regions across the continent. A clean, tight copy in as new condiditon Size: Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 003563

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More than five centuries of native peoples' artistry.

Native Americans crafted beautiful clothing out of skins, pigment, quills and sinew. The collection of photographs in this outstanding reference celebrates this decorative genius. Many of the 300 photographs from more than 60 leading museums and private collections have never been published previously.

The book describes the clothing in fascinating detail, from moccasins and tunics to sashes, bags and ceremonial and burial costumes. Theodore Brasser explains who made what and how, as well as the meanings of the different kinds of decoration, such as beadwork, embroidery, appliqué, patchwork, weaving and dyeing. There are also many examples of native pottery and other historic artifacts that depict themes used in the clothes.

Native American Clothing provides a thorough historical background of the many influences on this clothing, including:

  • Mythology
  • Social status
  • Political standing
  • Wealth
  • Climate
  • Geography
  • Contact with European settlers.

The book covers the entire North American continent and is organized by tribal groups and regions:

  • Southeast
  • Northern east coast
  • Eastern Great Lakes
  • Eastern sub-Arctic
  • Great Lakes
  • Plains
  • Southwest
  • Plateau/desert
  • California
  • Northwest coast
  • Western sub-Arctic
  • Arctic.

Numerous maps show the ranges of the tribes and convey how trade and travel spread cultural themes.

With authoritative text and art-quality color reproductions, Native American Clothing will be important to collectors and historians and will also appeal to general readers.

About the Author:

Theodore Brasser was a curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, professor of art history at Carleton University and professor of anthropology at Trent University. He has written extensively for American Indian Art magazine and numerous museum and scholarly publications.

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