Don't waste time reading this review; order this book now for whatever kind of library you may have. This big, beautiful, knock-your-socks-off title covers not only Native American adornment but also its history, the uses of materials, the spiritual meaning, the archaeology and oral traditions, and the artists. As treated here, adornment means not just jewelry but robes and headdresses, horse decoration, masks, and more. Modern work holds its own with the ancient in dazzling photographs, and occasional fold-out pages show staggering displays on themes such as beadwork as seen in Northwest Coast bracelets. Dubin (The History of Beads) follows themes as they develop, such as pictographic details used throughout the history of a tribe. There has not been such a broad and informative book before, and this will likely become the standard reference. Recommended for all libraries.AGay Neale, Southside Virginia Community Coll. Lib., Alberta and Keysville
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"...a colorful heavyweight, packed with information and images...The author's passion for her subject underlies the scholarly detail of her text..." -- Associated Press
"...beautifully written, generously illustrated and carefully researched...A personal and intelligent compilation of stories and information...a vital resource." -- American Craft
"Destined to become a classic." -- Southwest Museum
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This gorgeous book is indeed indispensable, especially if "read" visually. Unfortunately, quite a few of the tribal attributions for historic objects (information given... Read morePublished on May 23 2004
This book is a must-have for anyone serious about studying Native American cultures. It is a fun read, while still being absolutely crammed with information. Read morePublished on May 15 2004