Basket Tales of the Grandmothers: American Indian Baskets in Myth and Legend

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Having received acclaim for their Indian Baskets , the Turnbaughs, anthropologists at the University of Rhode Island here collect over 250 traditional Native American narratives centering around the theme of baskets. They include many monochrome photographs of baskets, basketmakers, and other topics. Distributed in the US by Washington Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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William Turnbaugh (anthropology, Univ. of Rhode Island) and Sarah Turnbaugh (director, Rhode Island's Museum of Primitive Art and Culture) have gathered over 250 selections from the recorded words of Native Americans past and present that mention baskets and basketry. Most of these are folktales, many are brief references ("In their houses they have large baskets made of heavy reeds..."), and some are reminiscences of basket-making or use. The Turnbaughs claim to have read every account that mentions baskets in Native American records; they seem, however, to be thin in the Plains area. There are other problems as well. The organization of the book does not emphasize the origins of design motifs as implied in the foreword but rather the nature of basket talesAAmazing Baskets, Monster Baskets, etc. And why use Native names for tribes ("Cherokee" becomes "Qualla") but then employ the term "American Indian" in the book's title? This book is well illustrated and makes for interesting browsing, but ultimately it is overwhelming and is hardly hard-core scholarship. For larger public libraries with strong Native American collections.AGay Neale, Southside Virginia Community Coll. Lib., Alberta
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