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Native American Architecture Paperback – October 25, 1990

ISBN-13: 978-0195066654 ISBN-10: 0195066650

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 25, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195066650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195066654
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I am delighted to have this outstanding book available in paperback for course use! The lavish illustrations, authoritative text, clear organization, and useful maps and diagrams make this an ideal introduction to Native American modes of dwelling on the earth." --Pauline Strong, University of Texas at Austin


"...the authors have combined historical, archeological, and ethnographic data with their own extensive field experience to present an enlightening narrative." --Religious Studies Review


"A very sensitive contribution to worldwide ethnic architecture. A great book." --Michael Reinschmidt, Ph.D., California State University


"Excellent resource material and quite interesting....A beautiful book as well." --Kathryn Stewart-Kalboch, Montana State University


"A unique book, very well down....An interesting book around which to develop a course on North American Indians....A real bargain."--Jonathan E. Reyman, Illinois State University


"Briskly analytical and objective....Impressive in its scope, covering everything from the wigwams and longhouses of North Eastern North America to the pueblos and kivas of the Southwest....There is enough detail for the specialist and enough explanation for the general reader. It is a beautiful book and a bargain for the price." --American Studies International


"Nabokov and Easton's book is a feast....It would be worth buying for the illustrations alone, well presented and printed....The writing is clear and readable, giving a good indication of the flavor of the numerous sources."--The Architectural Review


"Native American building types and village planning are thproughly documented and analyzed within the context of ritual, religion, and culture."--Progressive Architecture


"A thoroughly researched and extensively illustrated guide to the varied histories of native building, urban planning, engineering and iconography."--Ottawa Citizen


"Excellent in every way....Already the standard general reference on the subject, and will surely be the encyclopedia to which everyone refers in the future. The contents are presented with remarkable verbal clarity and with such excelletnt illustrations that both mature academics and intelligent school children can profit from the book."--Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians


"A fascinating presentation and discussion of Native American architectural styles, materials, cultural impacts, and diversities. Native American Architecture will prove to be a work of continuing significance for Native American studies and for students of architecture alike."--Wisconsin Bookwatch


"Definitive....This is...a book about ritual, religion, and family life as much as it is a book about buildings....The authors' knowing observations on this subject have much to tell students of all kinds of architecture, far beyond the wigwam and the pueblo."--Paul Goldberger, The New York Times Book Review


About the Author


Peter Nabokov, an anthropologist, has taught in the Department of Architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and is the author of Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrier and The Architecture of the American Pueblo among other books.

Robert Easton, a noted California architect, has taught at the University of California at Los Angeles and is co-editor of the acclaimed Shelter and Domebook.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Lallatin on July 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent bioregional overview of Native American structures. What I appreciate most is the way the authors have actually shown HOW the structures were made, sometimes in actual step-by-step procedures, which would allow someone to actually build in that style and using many of the same natural materials today. Another thing I love about the book is that the authors have sincerely tried to understand my Native American relationships to all the materials and the sacredness of the spaces we created. The authors treat that understanding with respect and honor. In this day when material resources are dwindling at alarming rates and the Earth is being devastated by the mindless rape of resources, it is a reminder to us all that we can choose alternatives to conventional wood-frame homes and return to more sustainable and natural housing for our respective bioregions. This book, though maybe not necessarily intended as such, is a hands-on, how-to book for us all. It reminds us that Native Americans lived in harmony and balance with our lands and our local plant and animal family for tens of thousands of years without destroying the places in which we lived. The photographs are instructive and beautiful and the architectural-type drawings are a delight. They make the actual building of these structures possible. I use parts of this book as required reading for all my students, especially my graduate students, and have taught actual classes using this book as the text, though it is not written in a "textbook" style. It is a very readable book and most useful for these times. I recommend it highly to all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By EternalSeeker on March 6, 2006
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More than a testament to Native American artistic vision and ingenuity, this book is a delightful resource for survivalists as well as historians - and for those who would just like to find ideas for less technological ways of building simple dwellings. Well illustrated with diagrams, photos and how-to drawings for constructing shelters in many different climates and with various resource limitations. Excellent, fun to read and full of eye openning ideas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lafmore on August 4, 2014
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This is the best book I've found providing practical information on the construction of various shelters. We are preparing to build a village using all indigenous shelters and the book provides outstanding information on a wide variety of shelters, regions and materials. It's incredibly well researched and includes information on the cultural significance of each shelter, the materials used and the people's relationship to the harvesting and use of the material. Plenty of photos and diagrams of actual construction are provided so you can understand all the principles needed to build each shelter and there is some information on how different villages were laid out. It is well written and an interesting read whether you hope to build a shelter or not.
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I had to buy this book for my multi cultural architectural history class. The book was very informative with lot of pictures illustrating the building techniques and styles. Although, most pictures are in black and white. It was easy to read and understand, with out being dry like most text books. The book also helps illustrate the cultures of Native American peoples. I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in architecture from a non western view point, and in Native American culture.
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By Rachel on December 28, 2013
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Great book. Lots of details and pictures. Good for research or leisure. Very informative, I would definitely recommend this book.
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