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Language of the Robe: American Indian Trade Blankets

Kapoun, Robert W.; Lohrmann, Charles J.

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ISBN 10: 0879054689 / ISBN 13: 9780879054687
Published by Gibbs M. Smith Inc, Layton, Utah, 1992
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Book has three small bumps to the cover edges. BroDart protected jacket is without faults. Gift quality. Signed by Kapoun on the title page. A spectacular copy with very informative bibliography at end of book. Throughout the book are numerous color photographs and illustrations of the artists works and techniques. Included with the book is a 5X7" manila envelope which contains assorted photographs and printed materials related to the subject matter. First edition / First printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Bookseller Inventory # PC 59-4

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Title: Language of the Robe: American Indian Trade ...

Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc, Layton, Utah

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Over the many generations since Native Americans began trade with Europeans, few items have become so closely identified with the indigenous American cultures as has the American Indian trade blanket. From the history of the trade blanket to contemporary collectible blankets to designs of the major trade blanket manufacturers such as Pendleton Woolen Mills, Racine Woolen Mills, and Buell Manufacturing Company, Language of the Robe presents the bright colors and intricately woven patterns hallmark to American Indian trade blankets. Beautifully illustrated with over 370 photographs, this handsome volume explains how the blanket is an important acknowledgment of friendship, gratitude and respect.

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For all Native American cultures, from the Plains and Southwest people to the tribes of the Northwest Coast, the blanket makes a visual statement of "Indianness." Language of the Robe explains a living tradition among the Native American people. Today, trade blankets are collectibles, especially those that were made prior to World War II. Language of the Robe identifies, classifies, and presents the history of the trade blanket. Within the tribe or pueblo, the blanket is a statement of an individual's bond to the older, traditional ways, to roots that run deep. As a gift, the blanket is an important acknowledgement of friendship, gratitude and respect. Bright colors and intricately woven patterns are the hallmarks of the American Indian trade blankets. Even though the blankets were commercially produced by companies such as the famous Pendleton Woolen Mills, they were embraced by Native American peoples across the country and became an integral part of their culture and ceremonies. Robert W. Kapoun and his wife, Marianne, collect and document trade blankets. Bob has lectured extensively on the subject and has curated a traveling exhibition. He and his family live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and are owner of The Rainbow Man. Charles J. Lohrmann was founding editor of Four Winds magazine, a journal of Native American art, culture and history. He is a freelance writer who lives in Austin, Texas.

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