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.

Navaho Weaving
Its Technic and History

Charles A. Amsden

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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   It also discusses Navajo weaving from the introduction of sheep by the first Spaniards, through its earliest historical references in old Spanish documents and its brilliant "bayeta period" to modern times when it was gradually transformed from a native craft of blanketry into a rug-making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
Three Centuries of Change

Kate Kent

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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
1650 to the Present

Alice Kaufman & Christopher Selser

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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.

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Navajo Textiles
The William Randolph Hearst Collection

Nancy J. Blomberg

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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

John Adair

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The book describes many facets involved in the creation of Pueblo Indian
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.

Navajo Jewelry
A Legacy of Silver and Stone

Jerry & Lois Jacka

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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. .

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Indian Silver Jewelry of the Southwest, 1868-1930

Larry Frank & Millard J. II Holbrook

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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 Adornment

Lois Sherr Dubin

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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 Southwest

Willaim A. Turnbaugh & Sarah Peabody Turnbaugh 

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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 artisans.


Hopi Silver
The History and Hallmarks of Hope

Margaret Nickelson Wright

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New edition of the standard introduction to Hopi jewelry from traditional to the great designs of today. Thirty pages of makers' marks.

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