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The Golden Book of Indian Crafts and Lore Hardcover – 1968


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Golden Press (1968)
  • ASIN: B000VXF10A
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,182,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone who needs some good crafts projects will have a wonderful time with this book.
P. A. Christian
Neither book deals in depth with the differences in dress and decoration across the hundreds of American Indian tribes.
B. Marold
The book is filled with color illustrations, information, and how-to's that are very easy to follow.
Morgaine Vivianne

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 22, 2007
Format: Board book
`The Golden Book of Indian Crafts and Lore' by W. Ben Hunt is a true `golden oldie', first published over 50 year ago, in 1954 and published for at least for the next 15 years, as I have a 19th printing, with new cover art, but identical content, dated 1968, as well as my original 1954 edition. Looking back at it and its `competitor', `The Book of Indian Crafts and Costumes' by Bernard S. Mason, I'm struck by how durable both books are, being as good a guide to their subjects as they were to me and all my fellow Boy Scouts in the late 1950's. And, it is such a great thing to have both volumes. While they cover the identical subject, and have a strong similarity in style, one really must have both to be fully informed about the subject.
Of course, if you really only have room or funds for one, Hunt's book is far more accessible, albeit just a bit less deep. Hunt's book is entirely in color, with drawn rather than photographed illustrations. And, when you are dealing with a handicraft, drawings are far more effective, since the artist can highlight the essentials of the pictured technique and avoid accidental distractions such as shadows and, with aging photography, grainy images. Mason's pics were grainy even when they were new, and they have not improved with age.
As a dedicated practitioner of Indian lore for over three years, in connection with an active Indian dancing performing troupe, connected with (catch the pun) a Boy Scout Troop 7 and then Explorer Post 7, I couldn't avoid Hunt's book, as it seemed to have an almost official status as a manual on the subject in the Boy Scout world. One only encountered Mason's book if, as I was, both an Indian lore enthusiast AND something of a bibliophile.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. F. Obermeyer Jr. on October 28, 2006
Format: Board book
Written for middle school level, this is a great introduction to Native American outfitting. All the full color illustrations are inspirational to the beginning crafter at almost all grade levels. A lot of lifetime devotion to Native American culture was started by this book over the decades since 1954
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Christian on August 24, 2006
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One of my favorite books when growing up: Using this book as a guide my brother and I built a tipi, headresses, moccassins, and other accroutraments. Anyone who needs some good crafts projects will have a wonderful time with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OtherWorlds&Wisdom on October 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The first edition of this book came from the 1950s, a classic era of Golden and Wonder books. Most kids now would never attempt the projects in here - most couldn't. Attached to their cellphones and ipods like zombies, their skill and creativity level is low, not to mention their poor health from never going outside. Luckily, there has been a little comeback in books like this. See The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Original Boy's Handy Book (a reprint of one of the older books). The companion volume is the The golden book of nature crafts: Hobbies and activities for boys and girls.
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Format: Board book
I originally checked this book out of our school library back in the late 60's. It, along with Ben Hunt's "Indian Beadwork", were the first books that really explained beadwork and all the other methods of making Native American items.

This book ignited a longing to search out more information on the Native American people and their cultures and customs. Over the years, this research has broadened my knowledge and appreciation.

The book is filled with color illustrations, information, and how-to's that are very easy to follow. I bought the book to share with my grandchildren (gotta admit it...as well as a present to myself), and hopefilly, they will find the same joy and wonder that I did. I hope you do, too!
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By dk on March 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We had this book growing up and often tried to recreate the crafts. An excellent alternative to video games for the young ones in your life.
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