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About the Author

W. Ben Hunt, born at the close of the nineteenth century, spent many years roaming the Midwest and living occasionally with Native American tribes. The line drawings he made on such excursions preserved the Native American's survival techniques. An author of more than twenty books, he died in 1970.

Alaric Hunt was born in Kentucky. He received a life sentence in 1988, which he is currently serving out in South Carolina. Cuts Through Bone was written in two longhand drafts and then typed on a typewriter. It is his first novel.
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Product Details

  • Series: Beadwork Books
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684829444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684829449
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #431,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have read and used this book many, many times. When I was just starting to bead, this book was a wealth of patterns and colors for me. And that was a long time ago. I believe it was written with children in mind, but if you want to see Native American beadwork designs, and the traditional colors that were used, this is the book.
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The last 14 pages of this 63-page book are color plates of designs. The 14 pages preceding those are b&w pictures of beaded items collected by and apparently made by the authors. The first few pages of the book contain excellent diagrams and b&w photos showing exactly how to make the various items. This includes making and using looms and displaying how to transfer patterns onto buckskin or fabric, how to stretch the base material and to applique the rosettes onto the base material.

Bizarrely, the Koshare dancers who feature as the main proponents of the beadwork appear to be a made-up group of Caucasians, similarly to Eagle Scouts, who have adopted the native culture as a devoted pastime. While what they did may be authentic, it's hard to be sure. The authors did indeed travel the country to collect real items from Native Americans, the number of tribes is paltry. The sources of investigation are also somewhat shallow: the Smithsonian, Field Museum in Chicago, Jefferson Memorial and several trading posts on reservations. Not exactly the cross-section the book wants to be.

However, the book is billed a "handicraft guide" and not as an exhaustive study of all that is Indian beading.

This book is copyrighted from 1951 and see this list of other books of W. Ben Hunt:

Native American Survival Skills
The Complete How-To Book of Indiancraft: 68 Projects for Authentic Indian Articles from Tepee to Tom-tom
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This is a good book for beginners. It is also nice to know a little about the backround of native american history in beadworking. The book shows in much detail how the beading is done. Also as for a total beginner as I am, I miss details of the materials tu use. This is why I gave only 4 stars out of 5. As others have posted one can find many colored ideas for designs as well as in black and white. I would buy this book again but for a beginner it should be combined with the Beadwork Techniques by Scott Sutton.
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Black and white does not do beading justice. This book was a disappointment and I wish I had my money instead of this sitting on my kindle. Next time I will go to the bookstore and make sure it's something I want before I download it.
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I have sold this book for years in my store, Blue Hawk Beads in Pendleton, OR.
It is a very good book for beginners who may be overwhelmed by more extensive instructions yet it still contains ideas, patterns, and good pointers for the more experienced. There are numerous looming patterns and others in the back.
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When your just starting out, your going to want to spend your money on beads! So do yourself a faveor, get, 1)American Indain BEADWORK, by HUNT & BURSHEARS, and 2) Mastering Beadwork by CYPHER! With just these two books, your going to learn A to Z on all types of beading! Remmber tho, HAVE FUN ! !
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This book is very informative, describing in detail how to do various types of beadwork, primarily loomwork. The color illustrations are beautiful, but the problem is that many of the designs in this book have been used by foreign near-slave-labor workers to produce cheap beadwork that is imported into the United States almost literally by the ton. Therefore a user should be very careful about chosing to use patterns directly from this book without any alterations in color or design.
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My mom had this book when we were kids, and used it for a lot of her beaded headbands and belts. She's recently gotten back into beading and couldn't find her copy. We were thrilled to find it here.
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