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Navaho Weaving: Its Technic and History

Amsden, Charles Avery

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Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1949. Large octavo, decorative cloth. 263 pages, indexed and illustrated, and with large folding silk-screened plate of a Navaho rug laid in. Howes 225 It is believed the Navahos adopted the art of weaving from captive Pueblo women in the early years of the eighteenth century. It wasn't long before the Navahos excelled their Pueblo teachers. "The Navaho made of blanket weaving not only a fine art but a profitable industry. The semi-nomadic pastoral life exactly suited their disposition. They rapidly acquired large flocks, discovered the plants that would yield beautiful and lasting dyes, adopted the simple apparatus needed in weaving, developed marvelous sense of design and facility of hand and eye. As a result the Navaho blanket has become known far and wide as a thing of beauty and utility. It has become the major resource of the new most numerous of American Indian Tribes, has dominated their culture, and contributed more than any other one thing to their welfare and virility. It has weathered the degenerating influence of commercialization and is an outstanding illustration of how an esthetic factor may shape the destiny of a people." (Edgar L. Hewitt, in the Introduction). Bookseller Inventory # 4410

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Title: Navaho Weaving: Its Technic and History

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