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Language of the Robe: American Indian Trade Blankets Hardcover – January 12, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (January 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423600169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423600169
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For all Native American cultures, from the Plains and Southwest people to the tribes of the Northwest Coast, the blanket makes a visual statement of "Indianness." Language of the Robe explains a living tradition among the Native American people. Today, trade blankets are collectibles, especially those that were made prior to World War II. Language of the Robe identifies, classifies, and presents the history of the trade blanket. Within the tribe or pueblo, the blanket is a statement of an individual's bond to the older, traditional ways, to roots that run deep. As a gift, the blanket is an important acknowledgement of friendship, gratitude and respect. Bright colors and intricately woven patterns are the hallmarks of the American Indian trade blankets. Even though the blankets were commercially produced by companies such as the famous Pendleton Woolen Mills, they were embraced by Native American peoples across the country and became an integral part of their culture and ceremonies. Robert W. Kapoun and his wife, Marianne, collect and document trade blankets. Bob has lectured extensively on the subject and has curated a traveling exhibition. He and his family live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and are owner of The Rainbow Man. Charles J. Lohrmann was founding editor of Four Winds magazine, a journal of Native American art, culture and history. He is a freelance writer who lives in Austin, Texas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert W Kapoun of Santa Fe has lectured extensively on this subject and has curated a traveling exhibition of trade blankets.

Charles J Lohrmann was the founding editor of Four Winds magazine, a journal of Native American Art, culture and history.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Over three hundred photos beautifully spice a history and survey of pre-World War II Indian trade blankets, revealing not only examples from the five major manufacturers, but some surprises confronting the common myth of Native blanket-making. Collectors, textile artists and Native American history enthusiasts alike receive a thorough survey of these blankets, how they became a symbol of Native history, and how they were traded and constructed. From machinery purchases and business transactions within the manufacturing industry to how tribal customers directed the Indian trade blanket designs and manufacturing process, LANGUAGE OF THE ROBE is a fascinating, unusual history.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"...an Omaha girl was seen flitting among the tall prairie flowers, shifting her white blanket to suit her varying moods - now letting it float as she swept in ever-widening curves, or at the slightest sound, hiding her glossy head and laughing among its soft folds." ~The Omaha Tribe, Alice Fletcher

Robert W. Kapoun documents the wide variety of trade blankets in this fascinating study of Native American culture. He describes the blanket as a poetic statement that is given a voice by the wearer. If you have ever wrapped a blanket around yourself for comfort or used a scarf as a fashion statement, then you begin to understand how a robe can create various moods and gives the wearer a sense of fashion.

"These blankets are not merely being worn to provide warmth; they create a statement, if you will, which says, "These blankets are part of our culture." ~Robert W. Kapoun

The writing in this book is especially poetic and while learning about the cultural significance of the blankets, you may also start to feel a deeper connection with nature. These blankets promote a sense of community and are used as gifts, to carry children, to display wealth and to protect from the elements.

The designs on the robes make an interesting study when you see the charts for the terminology of the designs. Then this becomes art appreciation as you identify a dragonfly, a feather, clouds, lightning, turtles, teepees, rabbit ears, birds and leaves. The brightly colored blankets either have stripes or intricately woven patterns. This book identifies collectible blankets and also explores the historical significance.

The way to find modern versions of these blankets here at Amazon is to apparently type in "Pendleton Woolen Mills." I tried just about everything else.

~The Rebecca Review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Norstad on December 7, 2012
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We have more Pendleton blankets than we could ever need.This book has beautiful pictures of blankets perhaps we can just appreciate what we own,and stop buying.
We were in Arizona on a trailer trip,buying Navajo blankets.We stopped to do some laundry,a Hopi woman was there washing her Pendletons.Apparently she found Pendletons more useful for everyday use.Actually, she said she had no Navajo blankets.
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What a great book. So informative and interesting. Knowledge of blankets is immense and so helpful in the history of when and why. This is a great addition to any one interested in American Indian History and all the stories and meanings behind the history of the true American Indian blanket.
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