Thank you for visiting our website. Below we have listed, for your convenience, a series of reference books that have proven most informative to anyone interested in Native American Arts and Crafts.
Charles A. Amsden
This book takes a close look at the technique of Navajo weaving.
It also discusses Navajo weaving from the introduction of sheep by the first
Spaniards, through its earliest historical references in old Spanish documents and its
brilliant "bayeta period" to modern times when it was gradually transformed from
a native craft of blanketry into a rug-making industry. The author made a special effort
to obtain illustrations of old authentically-dated speciments, many dating back to the
Civil War and even earlier. These along with the historic old scenes and figures of early
reservation days and ample illustrations of every process in blanket-weaving make this
book an excellent edition to ones library.
Navajo Weaving traces this art from about 1650, when loom processes were learned from the Pueblo Indians, to the present day of regional styles and commercial markets. Kent discusses history, styles, and methods used in Navajo weaving, observing changes in yarns, dyes, designs, and types of textiles resulting from trade with Spaniards, Mexicans, and Anglo-Americans.
The Navajo Weaving Tradition
Alice Kaufman & Christopher Selser
This book is an authoritative, beautifully illustrated history
and overview on the
subject of Navajo weavings. It is a definitive book on Navajo textile art, presenting the stunning artistry of esteemed Navajo weavers in over 200 beautiful color plates and historical halftones. This is a fascinating account for anyone who has admired the beauty and technical skill that have given Navajo weaving its tremendous popularity.
Nancy J. Blomberg
This book gives an excellent account of the history and development of Navajo weaving in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and also describes the formation of Hearst's collection in detail. Blomberg has included nearly 200 illustrations of previously unpublished collection and uses them to discuss and analyze this important era in the history of art.
The Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths
The book describes many facets involved in the creation of
jewelry. It is quite possibly the best and perhaps only scholarly work that explains jewelry making from the Indian perspective. It gives much insight into the conditions on pre-1940 reservations and the trade practices that gave rise to "dead pawn" jewelry. It is a
must for serious collectors and those seeking thorough research.
This is a beautifully illustrated book on Navajo jewelry. It contains100 splendid color photos by Jerry Jacka and a discussion of the history of the Navajos and their jewelry including the development of techniques, the use of metals and stones and the influence of the trading post written by Lois Jacks.. The book's focus is mainly on the great contemporary jewelry, but is a splendid informal guide to collecting or simply learning more about this fascinating art form. .
Indian Silver Jewelry of the
This splendidly illustrated volume celebrates the historic
silver and turquoise jewelry of the Nvavjo and Pueblo Indians. A classic, it presents over
300 superb objects that are usually hidden from view in museum storerooms and private
collections across the United States.
Larry Frank discusses the history of this jewelry from 1868, when the Navajos were restored to their homeland, to 1930, when tourist demand and mass production ended the innovative first phase of the craft.
Indian Silver Jewelry contains 253 close-up photographs, 52 of them in color, of conchas, necklaces, bracelets, rings, hair ornaments, bridles, and other pieces as well as rare photographs of Indians wearing jewelry. The detailed captions invite the readers to look, compare, and discover for themselves the extraordinary beauty and vitality of Southwest Indian silver jewelry.
North American Indian Jewelry and
Lois Sherr Dubin
Over 1,200 illustrations, approximately 820 in full color, offer
a look at Southwestern turquoise jewelry, Plains beadwork, "carved" metal
bracelets from the Northwest, quill and moosehair work from the Subarctic, and etched horn
jewelry from California. 50 maps.
Indian Jewelry of the American
More than 125 vivid color photographs display Indian-made
wrought silver, turquoise, shell and coral jewelry brought together from the American
Southwest's bright deserts, red canyon and timeless pueblos. The authors explore the
diversity of this hand-crafted jewelry from historic collections as well as those
available today on reservations and in shops and galleries. They explain the heritage
conveyed by these distinctive products of Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and Rio Grande Pueblo
New edition of the standard introduction to Hopi jewelry from
traditional to the great designs of today. Thirty pages of makers' marks.