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The bonanza years of Native American jewelry may not be over, with its praises being sung by such recent publications as the St. James Guide to Native North American Artists (LJ 12/97) and Lois Dubin's very fine North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment (LJ 8/99). This encyclopedia is intended for ready reference and probably won't appeal to those wanting detailed tribal history, lush color photos, or how-to instructions. But for a quick definition of "heishi" or "sodalite," to find which tribe Charles Loloma belonged to, or to get an overview of Iroquois jewelry, it will suffice. A lengthy introduction gives a basic history and basis for design. Hundreds of artists receive brief entries, as do stones, methods, and tribes; readers will also find maps, guides to selected topics, collections and exhibitions, and the appropriate care of jewelry; and artist and subject indexes. Some entries give short shrift to important points, e.g., wampum was made into the late 1800s and largely by white craftspeople, notably the Campbell family, for sale to Indians, and gorgets were not an Indian invention but were adapted from the neckpiece of English armor. TradersDa very important crewDare mentioned mostly by last names only, while some tribes, like the Cherokee, or noted families, like the Clarks, are not given their own entry at all. The emphasis is largely on Southwestern jewelry, and most of the illustrations are of Southwestern work. Still, to fill a void in a larger art or Native American collection or where there is interest, this is certainly a reasonable purchase. [Baxter, curator of the Art and Architecture Collection, NYPL, is a former LJ reviewerDEd.]DGay Neale, Meredithville, V.
-DGay Neale, Meredithville, VA
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With the increased awareness of Native American cultural contributions, it is not surprising to see a reference work on the topic of Native American jewelry. What is surprising is that we have waited so long for such a fine contribution to the topic. Baxter, curator of the Art and Architecture Collection at New York Public Library's Humanities and Society Library, and her coauthor, researcher Bird-Romero, define jewelry as any object created as a decorative attachment for the body. They concentrate on native-made jewelry created after 1776 for sale in the "ethnic arts marketplace," with emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.The authors begin with a series of short survey essays on topics such as the history of modern Native American jewelry, the people (artists and organizations), materials and forms, techniques, and design motifs. These five essays help to orientate the reader to the 350 A-Z entries that follow. Though the cultures and artists of Eastern Woodlands, Midwestern Plains, Northwest Coast, and northern regions are included, the book is heavily centered on the American Southwest.Well-written, reader-friendly articles, which do not include pronunciation guides, define and describe each topic. Entries range in length from short (one to two paragraphs on people or materials like Horn or Nephrite ) to five pages on regional art (Northwest Coast native jewelry). Longer entries contain see also references and lists for further reading. Whenever possible, the authors have included Internet addresses for additional information. Some 80 black-and-white photographs accompany the text. The photographs are sometimes a little dark and difficult to see.There are two appendixes. The first contains the addresses and e-mails of collections and exhibitions of Native American jewelry in Canada and the U.S. The second contains information on the wear and care of Native American jewelry. There are also a lengthy bibliography, an author index, and a subject index.Public and academic libraries will find this title useful because there are few books written wholly on Indian jewelry. The only other book with a similar scope is Lois Sherr Dubin's North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment (Abrams, 1999), which has better illustrations, but the text is arranged by geographical regions. Overall, Encyclo pedia of Native American Jewelry is a much more usable and accessible work for reference collections. REVWR
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; y First edition edition (June 2, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573561282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573561280
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,002,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paula A. Baxter is an adjunct professor of humanities at Berkeley College, New York and Online. An independent design historian, she is a former curator at the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, and the author of "Southwestern Indian Rings," "Southwest Silver Jewelry," and "The Encyclopedia of Native American Jewelry: A Guide to History, People, and Terms." Her numerous magazine articles are in "American Indian Art Magazine," "The Magazine Antiques," "Journal of Design History"; she also writes articles related to Southwestern Indian Arts for "The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles."

Paula's latest book "Southwestern Indian Bracelets: The Essential Cuff," written with her photographer husband, Barry Katzen, is now available (published March 2015).

She is currently working on converting some historical fiction to e-book format, and is excited about the potential to reach readers with a long-time interest in Georgian England and the Napoleonic era.

In addition to her writing, Paula and Barry have reconfigured their website to incorporate nonfiction facts and fiction fantasy writing about Indian Country. Hints about a Southwestern fiction novel emerge dedicated to their many American Indian art world friends. They run the website and blog Southwestern Souvenirs:

http://www.southwesternsouvenirs.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Azarian on December 2, 2012
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This encyclopedia covers not only information about American Southwest tribes, but also information regarding tribes in the northern hemisphere. Very interesting, and if you are an avid collector, makes for good leisure reading. The only improvement would be to add more illustrations. Very handy for the Native American Jewelry fans.
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By Tribal Learner on September 5, 2014
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a nice book to own; gives a general over view of most terms and definition of terms relating to the Native American Jewelry experience. Just a few artists mentioned and the historical accuracy seems to be gleaned from most average of resources.
It would be helpful to a beginner. I am glad I bought it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Challand on December 28, 2012
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I bought this book for a college school project. The book was in good condition, but it looks like it was stolen, because the sticker said "Property of Maricopa County Library"
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