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North by Northeast: Wabanaki, Akwesasne Mohawk, and Tuscarora Traditional Arts Paperback – 31 Aug 2008
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Kathleen Mundell writes 'North by Northeast: Wabanaki, Akwesasne Mohawk, and Tuscarora Traditional Arts' in a collaborative spirit, letting the artists speak directly about their art and culture. Although the book focuses largely on baskets, it also covers beadwork, canoe making, wood carving and quilting. What's difficult to escape is the sense of longstanding tradition that binds the artists and their communities, giving the book a compelling cultural text.
An in-depth view of how contemporary artists continue to practice the traditional arts of basketmaking, beadwork, birchbark canoe making, and woodcarving.
Mundell has been gathering material for this book for 15 years. Native American traditional artists-over 35 of them living primarily in Maine and New York-explore here the connection to place, tradition, cultural identity. Mundell features profiles of the artists themselves with their own words and illustrations of their individual work....the artwork-exquisitely photographed here-especially the basketmaking-is breathtaking in its intricacy of design and utility, particular shapes and artistic renderings often handed down through generations in families....Mundell's collaboration with the basketmakers has resulted in a multi-tribal effort to preserve the ash-basketry tradition and the creation of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance. This book is part of a traveling exhibition of the basketmaking and beadmaking arts touring the northeast beginning in earlier 2008.
About the Author
Director of Cultural Resources, a nonprofit working with communities on sustaining their local culture, Kathleen Mundell has had a long involvement with the arts, folklore, ethnographic marketing, cultural preservation, and exhibit work. She has a BA in Literature from SUNY, Collage at Purchas, NY, and a Master's in Folklore from Indiana University at Bloomington.
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a beautiful book!
on 15 March 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
I was hoping for a little more information on technique and the ecology of the materials used. Regardless, the book is full of beautiful examples, breathtaking examples, of the craftsmanship of the Northern and Northeastern traditional artisans. The trend that the skills are passed from grandparent to grandchild seems so tenuous, but then so is the future of the ethnically important plants in the face of invasive species and climate change. I am glad this book has captured that urgency and yet celebrates the beauty of the cultures and traditions.
New masters of traditional Native crafts
on 20 January 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
A beautiful book showcasing many traditional Native crafts still evolving by modern artisans. The intricate splint basketwork is something to see.
on 12 October 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Started a group and wanted to engage with history.
on 3 December 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
a beautiful art form and craft. Good way to learn about weaving styles. As described, prompt shipping. Will add to art library.
Priceless information, beautifully photographed
on 15 June 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
We bought this book to accompany two authentic, 1930s Penobscot Indian baskets from Ducktrap Basket Shop and Museum in Lincolnville, Maine. This book could not be more perfectly well-suited for explaining this unique wedding gift.