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Turtle Island Alphabet: A Lexicon of Native American Symbols and Culture

Hausman, Gerald

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ISBN 10: 0312071035 / ISBN 13: 9780312071035
Published by St. Martin's Press Inc., NY, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine copy with fine dj, singed by the author, 1st printing of 1st edition. Hauseman, a prominent story teller from the Southwest, has spent over twenty years collecting, studying, and narrating Native American stories. Thsi volume collects his life's research and work into one volume, a lexivon of images and symbols central to Native American life. More than a simple dictionary, it is a lyrically and poetically written work that reaffirms the view that Native Americans once held of the land. Illustrated with beautiful sepia photographs, sepia text and cream ochre paper. Very nice! xix/204pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 002523

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Title: Turtle Island Alphabet: A Lexicon of Native ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press Inc., NY

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition, 1st Printing

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Pulitzer Prize-winner N. Scott Momaday provides the introduction for this lexicon of symbols and images central to native American culture that urges readers to use the legacy of native American history to interpret the future.

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Hausman has produced a list of some 50 common Native American terms, artifacts, objects, and concepts in an illustrated dictionary format. This book is not intended to be a dictionary like John Stoutenberg Jr.'s classic Dictionary of the American Indian ( LJ 2/15/60), but rather a sensitive examination of these words as seen through the cultural eye of Native Americans. The "story" of each word is presented in art, poetry, and text giving the reader an explanation of how this word has been historically and mythically passed down through centuries of Native American storytelling. Objects and artifacts are described practically with a history of their use and development. All terms are given a mythological explanation indicating the word's significance to society. This fascinating browser for general readers is a unique mix of art, explanation, and philosophy.
- Bruce Alan Hanson, Wayzata East Junior H.S. Lib., Minn.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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