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Tangible Visions: Northwest Coast Indian Shamanism and Its Art Hardcover – June 16, 2009


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The Native American shaman is a spiritual guide and healer, a man with traditional knowledge, visionary power, and enormous tribal respect. Associated with the rituals of the shaman are objects invested with everyday magic. This lavishly illustrated record of the accoutrements of shamanism among Northwest coastal Indians is the product of 15 years of research by Allen Wardwell, former curator of primitive art at the Art Institute of Chicago. The items shown include amulets and robes, each a tangible echo of shamanistic power. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This groundbreaking study reclaims a little-known body of American art-the ritual objects used by Northwest Coast shamans of the Tlingit, Tsimshian, Haida and other tribes. More than 600 photographs (325 in color) show spectacular masks; powerful figure sculptures; tambourine drums; gorgeous tunics and costumes; intricately carved amulets and storage boxes; crowns made of bear or lynx claws, goat horn and ivory; and soul-catchers or bone pendants used to hold the errant souls of sick people, which were captured and then returned to the patient to effect a cure. Much shamanic art represents helping spirits that came to shamans in visions or dreams; other objects record encounters with animal spirits or evildoers; still others served to embellish songs, stories and performances. Thirty turn-of-the-century photographs depict practicing shamans and their grave houses, which contained their ritual paraphernalia. In his valuable essay, Wardwell, formerly curator of primitive art at the Art Institute of Chicago, discusses shamanism as an ancient, widespread form of religion, albeit a nonstandardized one.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580932355
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580932356
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Clark on March 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This work includes a scholarly (but very readable) description of the role of the shaman in Northwest Coast cultures as well as a series of photographs depicting field portraits of shamans and gorgeous color images of artifacts associated with the practice of shamanism: masks, rattles, amulets, staffs, soulcatchers, etc. The writing is elegant and descriptive, and the layout and design of the book is of high quality. Very highly recommended for readers with an interest in shamanism, Northwest Coast Indian art, and anthropology.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Althea on January 26, 2011
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If you would like to look directly into the heart of the ancient cultures of the Northwest Coast, let this book be your window. It is everything a book is intended to be---a work of intelligence, fine design and exceptional artistry. It is a thing of beauty to hold in the hand and in the mind.

From an academic viewpoint, it is meticulously researched, coherently organized, and knowledgably written. From an artistic viewpoint, the shamanic implements are a testament to the human spirit, and display incredible creative attainments. The objects are so beautifully photographed by Bobby Hansson that you can only shake your head in wonder as you turn the pages.

With over 500 illustrations, 300 in color, it seems there is not an implement used by the Tlingit, Tsimshain, Haida shamans, that is not represented here. Amulets, masks, crowns, rattles, aprons, bowls, bentwood boxes, soulcatchers, staffs, throwing sticks, even intricately carved paint brushes. What makes it different from other coffee-table books on Northwest Coast cultures is the depth of what is revealed, and the manner in which the objects are displayed. Instead of being randomly dispersed throughout the pages, each object appears grouped with others like it, so that you can see, say, thirty different rattles and compare them easily. When presented in this way, similarities of form and design become apparent, yet each object bears the unmistakable character of the individual shaman/carvers.

Allen Wardwell traveled to numerous museums and institutions, here and abroad, in order to research, photograph and document these objects. The book is obviously a labor of love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CLOVIS1 on February 15, 2015
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This wonderfully illustrated work is the ultimate source for information about shamanic articles of small size of the Northwest Coast
Native Americans. Without it no library of an art historian or scholar of Northwest coast art and artifacts is complete.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheBugMan on January 9, 2015
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This is my favorite book on First Nations art. Amazing photos, great explanations! I would give the book itself five stars but docked one because because of physical damage to the cover that wasn't in the description given by the seller.
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