Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $29.95
  • Save: $5.99 (20%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
Only 10 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Cedar: Tree of Life to th... has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Ships direct from Amazon! Qualifies for Prime Shipping and FREE standard shipping for orders over $35. Overnight and 2 day shipping available!
Trade in your item
Get a $1.75
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians Paperback – March 1, 1995

4.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$23.96
$17.83 $14.12

Ace the ACT.
Wiley Architecture, Construction, & Design Sale
Save up to 40% on select architecture, construction, and design guides during August. Learn more.
$23.96 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. Only 10 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians
  • +
  • Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast
Total price: $38.54
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

"...a beautifully written, beautifully illustrated, beautiful book." (SOS Forests - Save Our Sacred Forests (website) 2005-12-14) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Hilary Stewart is an award-winning author best known for her books on Northwest Coast First Nations cultures. She has also been involved in teaching outdoor education and wilderness survival courses for many years, as well as studying the ethnobotany of the coast First Nations, and has an extensive practical experience in the use of plants. She lives on Quadra Island in British Columbia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Series: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295974486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295974484
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Although this book is dedicated to the Cedar Tree, it is so much more than that. The author doesn't TELL you cedar is great, she SHOWS how amazing this tree is.

The first chapter, "People of the Cedars," discusses these natives and how cedar was such an integral part of their lives and culture. The second chapter is a short look at the different cedars and how to identify each. The rest of the book is organized by the part of the tree being used (roots, wood, bark, etc.), and each section covers the various uses for that part of the tree (canoes, boxes, clothing, baskets, etc. etc. etc.).

The author includes remarkably specific directions and drawings on how these things were made. For example, if you have basic woodworking skills, you should actually be able to make a bentwood box from her drawings and instructions. If you don't know woodworking, you will still find the drawings fascinating for the way they reveal how the item is made.

Along with some nice black and white photos, the book is filled with hand drawings that are so clear and easy to understand that they should appear in textbooks on how to do illustrations.

But the best aspect of this book is the way the author has managed to find that perfect balance of providing sufficient detail to tell you all of what you'd want to know, without sinking into boring academic prose or excruciating and unnecessary detail. Easy to read, well-written, and compelling content.

The somewhat course, non-glossy, cream-colored pages pages are VERY easy on the eye, and the drawings are, in their own way, every bit as compelling as the glossy photos found in "coffee-table books."

If you are interested in Northwest Coast Art or Culture, whether studying it or trying to create some of these things yourself, this is an absolute must-have book. Of the 160+ books on Northwest Coast art and culture in my personal library, this is one of my favorites. Buy it.
Comment 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
The Northwest Coastal people held the cedar & its spirit in high regard for all the gifts of life it offered them. For millennia they developed tools & skills to fell the giant trees to make canoes, post-&-beam homes, waterproof boxes & carved poles. Dedicated to those who know & respect the spirit of the Cedar, Hilary Stewart's book is a labor of love, respect & infinite knowledge. It intrigued her that people lived so well & for so long using almost exclusively the materials of their environment & her curiosity has wrought a fine book of early illustrations. A must for anyone interested in how the First People lived.
Comment 16 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I've worked with cedar for several years, splitting posts and rails from culled old growth logs lying around on family forest land. I like working with cedar and this book looked like it might be interesting to read. It did not disappoint, but presented a fascinating description of how the natives used not only wood, but also bark, withes, and roots.

The book is well organized and detailed descriptions of procedures and techniqures are augumented with many fine illustrations and photos. It is an enjoyable read for anyone interested in how to use cedar to provide clothing, shelter, tools, and furniture.
Comment 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very well written. Extremely informative. A must for any one interesting in Northwest Coast Indian heritage
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A wonderful description of the use of Cedar by the Indians giving a picture of how they managed with limited equipment . Their creativity and artistic ability is beyond my understanding. A good gift for woodworkers!!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is the only book on cedar bark basketry that I know of. It is awesome. It explains how to harvest it, how to use it and how it has been done by the natives on the west coast. So glad I found it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Jonathan on December 22, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Cedar is a very comprehensive and useful source book. Filled with Native uses for and applications of Cedar it is a must read for anyone even vaguely interested in the North West Coats Native peoples!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A fabulous resource for those interested in NW Coastal Indians and/or woodworkers/carvers and Indian art afficionados. It includes detailed drawings of examples of the multiple uses of Cedar by the early coastal Indians. Anyone interested in pacific NW cultural will enjoy exploring the first nation "indian" existence through their varied use of their primary available material....cedar.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: ancient america