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by Karl Bodmer and Maxmillion Prinz zu Wied. Beautiful color reproductins of Bodmer's art. Double page era map of Bodmer's travels. Condition: NEW 2005 Taschen small (but packed) soft cover, no printing given. Content: Karl Bodmer's "The American Indian" provides a rare and privileged look at Native American life and customs before the invention of photography. Extensive travels, from 1832 to 1834, conducted by Maximilian Prince of Wied and Swiss painter Karl Bodmer through the inner Parts of North America resulted in the publication, in 1839, of the first book to present paintings and descriptions of Native American life in skilled, painstaking detail. The sumptuous pictures reprinted here, depicting battle scenes, landscapes, portraits, and still lifes, are taken from an extremely rare, hand-colored copy of the original publication. Excerpts from Wied's journals serve as keys to the multitude of details contained within each image, giving historical information about the rituals, clothes, and tools of the Native Americans, including well-known figures such as Mato-Tope. An introduction by anthropologist Sonja Schierle brings the book into a contemporary perspective. Since most of us will never have the opportunity to see Wied and Bodmer's marvelous original publication, "Taschen" brings you the next best thing - a reproduction of impeccable quality and consideration, for anyone and everyone to study and enjoy. Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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American Indian, Karl Bodmer

by William T. Hagan. B&W era photos & drawings. Condition: UNREAD 1993 University of Chicago Press Trade Paperback, third edition. Light shelf wear. Interior clean & tight. Content: Hagan's concise account of Indian-white relations has become one of the standard histories of the subject. For this third edition, Hagan has updated information throughout the book and added a new chapter, "Domestic, Dependent Nations," in which he discusses developments in Native American life in the 1970s and 1980s. In his new bibliographic essay, Hagan surveys recent research and offers suggestions for further reading. "The author has reduced the long story - often as tangled as a five-year-old's fishing line - into a brief, clear, and highly interesting book. . . . A remarkable achievement." Excellent read. Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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American Indians, William Hagan

BECOMING BRAVE: The Path to Native American Manhood
compiled by Laine Thom. Wonderful color photos of artifacts and B&W era photos. Condition: NEW 1993 Chronicle Books large paperback, first printing. Content: Vivid photographs and detailed descriptions of weapons, clothing, and hunting tools reveal the central events and myths around which Native American men shaped their lives. These important objects recount the intertribal warfare, adolescent rites of passage, hunting and equestrian prowess, and survival skills of Native Americans in the American West. In addition to an introduction, bibliography, and index, the book recounts a war party legend, two stories involving the famous battles at Wounded Knee and Little Bighorn, and an excerpt from Black Elk Speaks. A haunting evocation of the warrior spirit, Becoming Brave will captivate and inform anyone with an interest in anthropology, early American history, or indigenous culture. Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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Becoming Brave, Native American Ritual

BUCKSKIN & BUFFALO: The Artistry of the Plains Indians
by Colin F. Taylor. Beautiful color photos plus B&W era photos. Condition: Gently pre-read, IF at all, 1998 Vega-Salamander Books (UK) hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first prnting. Content: Reviewer: "This book eatures excellent color photos, both full-size and detail, of dozens of circa 19th century Plains Indian works of leather, including shirts, leggings, robes, and other practical artwork. Beadwork, quillwork adn paint adorn these works of buffalo deer, elk, antelope and bighorn sheep hides, and the author selected some astoundingly lovely pieces. The text that accompanies each one goes into the source, the components, and the cultural significance of both the objects themselves and their adornment, as well as interesting bits of information about certain details, such as a particular type of bead or feather used, or the importance of the piece in its culture. The tribal origins of each entry are also discussed, including cases where the author disagreed with the museum or collection that held the piece, and details explaining why (ie, this detail resembles this tribe instead of that tribe). Overall, it is a really nicely done work. However, one question is left unasked. We've seen the pretty artwork and have learned its immense importance. Now can we please return these to the people to whom they are so very important?" Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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Buffalo & Buckskin: Artistry Plains Indians

by David Hurst Thomas. Wonderful B&W photos of artifacts and maps plus a color photo section. Condition: UNREAD 1994 Macmillan hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: Yes, this book could be updated, but the major archeo sites are still there and much of the information is still relevant. This book is a lavishly illustrated guide to more than 400 of the most important Indian archaeological sites in the United States and Canada. Authoritative and insightful, this volume provides an overview of these prehistoric cultures and describes the evolution of the numerous Native American civilizations.Written by a leading expert, the book analyzes the astonishing remains left behind by these early cultures from the Pueblo dwellings of the Southwest and the buffalo jumps of the Great Plains to the coastal villages found in the Northwest. In addition, this reference combines the latest scientific data with accounts of tribal ways of life to offer a new perspective on Native American history, culture, and ritual.>p?State-by-state listings indicate where ruins, artifacts, and reconstructions of sites are located. Information on where to get "hands-on" archaeological experience and useful advice for visiting North American ruins completes this handsome and comprehensive sourcebook. "Exploring Ancient Native America" is the only guide to the most important precontact and historic sites in North America. The text and more than one hundred photographs, drawings, and maps bring these ancient advanced civilizations vividly to life. The book is intended for the general reader, written in a very plain direct style. Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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Exploring Ancient Native America, Archaeology

GAMBLER WAY: Indian Gaming in Mythology, History and Archaeology in North America
by Kathryn Gabriel. B&W drawings and photos illustrate. Condition: NEW 1996 Johnson Books Trade Paperback, first printing. Tiny, tiny edgewear cover corners. Content: Everything old is new again, it seems. The gambling that during the past decade has blossomed on Indian land across America is not, as many assume, a new ruination heaped upon noble savages by a corrupt capitalist culture. Far from it. Rather, gambling is like tobacco -- deeply rooted in the religious and spiritual beliefs of Native North Americans. In this fascinating study, Gabriel not only relays some of the many myths connected with Indian gaming but examines the symbolic importance to Indians of gambling as a way of keeping the cosmic order from descending into chaos. In addition, she scrutinizes the way in which gambling formerly had economic importance for Indians, as a method of wealth redistribution. Amply researched and fluidly written, this is an exemplary and intriguing work of anthropology. Excellent read. Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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Gambler Way

by Russell Freedman. B&W drawings (including some Remingtons) and era photos illustrate. Condition: UNREAD 1989 Scholastic large soft cover, first printing. Tiny edge wear. Content: Freedman presents six Indian leaders from western tribes, each of whom faced the challenge of dealing with the encroachment upon his land in his own way. Included are Red Cloud of the Oglala Sioux, Santanta of the Kiowas, Quanah Parker of the Comanches, Washakie of the Shoshonis, Joseph of the Nez Perces, and Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Sioux. With hindsight, it is apparent that none of these men could totally win against the white culture, but they each found a different compromise. Freedman does not romanticize the Indian viewpoint, nor is he judgmental against the whites. He presents a factual, human account of cultures in conflict. The black-and-white photographs and prints reinforce the well-written biographies. Because the coverage is limited to leaders of western tribes, only two of the men in this book are also included in Lynne Deur's more general Indian Chiefs. Freedman's narrative flows smoothly. The bibliography and index add to the book's usefulness as a resource for research as well. [1 copy available]
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Indian Chiefs, Freedman

NATIVE AMERICANS OF THE WEST: A Sourcebook on the American West
edited by Carter Smith. Illustrated with color and B&W maps, color art repros, and era B&W art and drawings . Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1992 Library of Congress soft cover, second printing. Edge wear with rubbings along hinges. Interior clean, tight, perfect. Content: Describes and illustrates the Native Americans of the West, from before the arrival of Europeans to the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890, through a variety of images created during that period. The illustrations alone are a reason to own this book. Ages 12+. Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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Native Americans of the West Sourcebook

by Lowe Art Museum & University of Miami. B&W and color photos. Condition: 1988 University of Miami - Lowe Art Museum soft cover catalogue, no edition or printing given. If read, it was gently - but there is a name on the inside front cover. Content: Museum catalogue of Lowe Museum exhibition of Native American artifacts. Heavy on Southwestern textiles, but the other tribal regions are also represented, especially the Plains Indians. Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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North American Indian Collection of Lowe Art Museum

RED SHADOWS: The History Native Americans from 1600 to 1900 from the Desert to the Pacific Coast
by Dan Georgakas. Great B&W maps detailing the locations of the tribes plus B&W era photos. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1973 Zenith Trade Paperback, no printing given. Tanning to white cover edges with light edge wear. No tanning to interior pages. Content: The history of the tribes living in the Southwest, California, and the Pacific Northwest. A bit dated, of course, but definitely worth the read. Questions encouraged. [1 copy available]
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Red Shadows, Native American History

TURTLE ISLAND ALPHABET; A Lexicon of Native American Symbols and Culture
by Gerald Hausman. Foreword by N. Scott Momaday. B&W and sepia-tone photos illustrate throughout. Condition: Gently pre-read, IF at all, 1993 St. Martin's Press soft cover, first printing. Tiny edge wear, but no major problems. Content: In this elegant volume, Hausman examines major themes of Native American culture as observed in poetry, experience and collective memory. 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, 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. [Wonderful book!] [1 copy available]
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Turtle Island Alphabet

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art by Deviney. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get at a big store. 3.0 wide x 4.00 high. Content: Prancing Indian Pony decked out in feathers with his portrait above. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is Enviro D) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us.
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