North American Indian Motifs CD-ROM and Book Paperback – Jul 9 1997
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The images are from the following Native American tribes and cultures: Acoma, Alabama, Arapaho, Athapascan, Aztec, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, Blackfoot, Casa Grandes, Cheyenne, Chipewyan, Choctaw, Cochiti, Comanche, Cherokee, Chitimacha, Cree, Creek, Crow, Dakota Sioux, Dene, Haida, Hawikuh, Hidatsa, Hopi, Huichol, Inuit, Iriquois, Laguna, Kaska, Kwakiutl, Maidu, Makah, Malecite, Maya, Menominee, Mescalero Apache, Mestizo, Micmac, Mimbres, Mixtec, Mohawk (Iriquois), Mohegan, Montagnais, Nahua, Naskapi, Navajo, Nez Perce, Ojibway, Onondaga (Iriquois), Otomi, Papago, Passamaquoddy, Pima, Penobscot, Potowatomi, Pueblo, Salish, San Ildefonso, Santo Domingo, Sarcee, Sauk Fox, Seminole, Shoshone, Sioux, Slavey, Tesuque, Tinne, Tlingit, Toltec, Tsia, Tsimshian, Ute, Winnebago, Yuchi, Yurok, Zapotec, and Zuni. For some of these tribes or nations, there may be as little as one image - such as for the Chitimacha; for others, there may be several - such as the Hopi.
If you are looking for Aztec, Olmec, Mayan, Mixtec, or Zapotec images, I would recommend a different book from Dover instead, called "Ancient Mexican Designs" (ISBN: 0486995283). Interestingly, though, the book "Ancient Mexican Designs" does not include any Huichol, Mestizo, or Toltec images, as does "North American Indian Motifs".
The book delivers exactly what it promised, so normally I would give it 5 stars. However, because the images are not well-organized and because the originating culture is not identified for all of the images, I have downgraded my rating to a 4.
Since the art is copyright-protected and can't be used for resale items or commercial projects, a more sensible solution, at least for the professional, is to buy licensed stock art from a microstock photo web site. Not cheap, but if time is money, a professional will spend hours reworking THIS stuff just to make it marginally usable.
I liked the spooky Haida designs--as I knew I would from visits to the Museum of Natural History in NYC--and some of the Maya glyphs with their tight and somewhat busy designs. Although I like Aztec pottery shapes, I've never been fond of their motifs. The eastern woodland designs with their florals are pleasant and a lot like those from the Scandinavian and Balkins countries. The Southwestern Pueblo designs, with their stylized animals and spirits, are also quite arresting. The designs representing the Plains Indians are less engaging and under represent what is available, which is unfortunate since some of their geometrics are quite good.
As usual, the CD format is much easier than the old floppy disk I was familiar with in the old days of clip art.