Antique Native American Basketry of Western North America: A Comprehensive Guide to Identification

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This book is a comprehensive guide to the identification of Antique Native American baskets, specifically basket making tribes of western North American. It is not a formal anthropology text, but rather an organized compendium of Native basketry information that blends previous anthropologic studies and the experience of the authors. The text defines how collectors, curators, dealers, auction personnel, and academics can systematically approach tribal identification of Native American basketry. It does this by clarifying the authors' rational for tribal groupings based on basket types and not on language or other cultural traits. It explains multiple Native American basket making materials and techniques and describes how understanding this information can lead to accurate tribal attribution. This knowledge is essential in developing connoisseurship and will enhance an appreciation of this wonderful Native American art form.

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John Kania obtained his Bachelor Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota in 1969; Moving to California six years later, he there became inspired by the rich body of Native American basketry produced by the numerous tribes in that state. His research into basketry began at that time. In 1981 he opened a gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he continues to reside, In 2004 he presented a paper on the origins of Chemehuevi basketry to the Great Basin Anthropological Conference, and in 2008 he presented an additional paper to that some body on the weavers of Victorville, California. He is the author of two articles on Chemehuevi basketry, which appeared in American Indian Art Magazine (Scottsdale, Arizona) in 2006 and in 2007.

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