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American Indian Beadwork (Beadwork Books) Paperback – 1 Nov 1996
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It turned out to be the picture of the book which is already on the Amazon website, one page trying to sign me up to a bookclub, and the other page asking me to buy the book. Just the index might have been helpful!
Hence I will not be buying this book. A waste of my time!
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Bizarrely, the Koshare dancers who feature as the main proponents of the beadwork appear to be a made-up group of Caucasians, similarly to Eagle Scouts, who have adopted the native culture as a devoted pastime. While what they did may be authentic, it's hard to be sure. The authors did indeed travel the country to collect real items from Native Americans, the number of tribes is paltry. The sources of investigation are also somewhat shallow: the Smithsonian, Field Museum in Chicago, Jefferson Memorial and several trading posts on reservations. Not exactly the cross-section the book wants to be.
However, the book is billed a "handicraft guide" and not as an exhaustive study of all that is Indian beading.
This book is copyrighted from 1951 and see this list of other books of W. Ben Hunt:
Native American Survival Skills
The Complete How-To Book of Indiancraft: 68 Projects for Authentic Indian Articles from Tepee to Tom-tom
How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin: The easy, natural way using only hand tools and the woods around you
THE GOLDEN BOOK OF INDIAN CRAFTS AND LORE
Indian and Camp Handicraft
American Indian Survival Skills
He also wrote about making flat bows, several books on whittling and other rough-hewn activities. Interesting guy. Get this book just for the novelty alone. But it is helpful to get you started on beading.
It is a very good book for beginners who may be overwhelmed by more extensive instructions yet it still contains ideas, patterns, and good pointers for the more experienced. There are numerous looming patterns and others in the back.