The Fine Art of California Indian Basketry

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California Indian baskets are considered by many to be among the world's most beautiful, sophisticated, and cherished art objects. This full-color book brings together 62 of the finest baskets ever created, each carefully chosen for their aesthetic value from museums and private collections all over the United States, including the Field Museum in Chicago, the Smithsonian, and Harvard's Peabody Museum.

Even baskets of everyday use, such as cooking baskets and seedbeaters, exhibit an astoundingly sophisticated level of design, while specially made gift baskets adorned with bird feathers and beads are objects of pure exuberance. Some of them are over 150 years old, while others were made within the last few years.

Color photographs of each basket are accompanied by insightful commentary not only from art historians and knowledgeable academic scholars, but also from prominent native weavers and California Indian artists in other media. Their eye for native aesthetics shows us how to look at the baskets in a new and exciting way.

This strong combination of visual beauty and knowledgeable insight makes The Fine Art of California Indian Basketry one of the most important books ever published on the subject.

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After a search through private collections and public museums throughout the country, over sixty stunning examples of California Indian basketry were assembled for this book--some almost two hundred years old, some made within the last few decades. Commenting upon each basket are native basket weavers, California Indian artists in other media, and scholars. Together they provide exciting and intimate insights into this world of subtle yet intense beauty. For thousands of years California Indians have been making baskets, often for the most practical reasons--for use as cradles, cooking and serving vessels, winnowing trays, and dozens of other necessary functions. Over the centuries these baskets have evolved artistically as well, and many people now consider them to be among the world's most beautiful, sophisticated, and cherished art objects.

Published in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum

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Brian Bibby is an independent scholar and cultural activist. He has worked for over twenty-five years with elders of many of the Central Valley and foothill groups, and is expert in their song, dance, language, and artistic traditions. He has also served as consultant and guest curator for many cultural and folk arts programs in California, including the exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento from which this book was derived.

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