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Native American Craft and Beadwork

The Complete How-To Book of Indian Craft The Complete How-To Book of Indian Craft
by Walter Bernard Hunt
Paperback (1973)
The American Indian Craft Book
by Marz Minor, Nono Minor
Paperback (1978)

This is a compact little book, with a moderate amount of photos and diagrams regarding American Indian artefacts. In addition to giving instructions on how these artefacts were made and how modern reproductions may be made, the authors also explain their use and traditions involved with Indian crafts. One thing that I particularly liked was the emphasis on day to day life of the tribes, and how that was changed by the advent of the white man. A fun and informative chapter near the end of the book tells you how to say some common names and phrases in several languages used by the Delaware, Pawnee, and Dakota tribes, among others. There is also a brief section on sign language and mention of smoke signals. I thought this book was a good introduction for teachers, scout leaders, and other interested individuals to the Native American lifestyle, and was written in a sympathetic and quite readable style.  A reader from Pittsburgh, 1998

American Indian Beadwork American Indian Beadwork
by W. Ben Hunt
Paperback (1996)
A great source for Native American designs.  I have read and used this book many, many times. When I was just starting to bead, this book was a wealth of patterns and colors for me. And that was a long time ago. I believe it was written with children in mind, but if you want to see Native American beadwork designs, and the traditional colors that were used, this is the book.  A reader from Florida, 1998
The Complete Guide to Traditional Native American Beadwork: A Definitive Study of Authentic Tools, Materials, Techniques, and Styles The Complete Guide to Traditional Native American Beadwork:
A Definitive Study of Authentic Tools, Materials, Techniques, and Styles

by Joel Monture, Larry McNeil
Paperback (1993)
A comprehensive reference on Native American beadwork features authentic techniques, information on the history and meaning behind designs, patterns, and materials, and step-by-step photographs and drawings of the creation of museum-quality beadwork.