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Cedar: Tree of Life to the Northwest Coast Indians Paperback – March 1, 1995
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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.
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.
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The inside of this book is so much more amazing than the cover suggests. There are great illustrations and techniques that I think you'd be hard pressed to learn about anywhere... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Mona
I purchased this book as a research tool for a novel I'm writing. As such, it has been helpful, though some of the information is dated. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eeyore78
An expert writes of wood crucial to NW Coast Indians - Tlinget, Haida, etc.Published 20 months ago by Dee Longenbaugh
A great resource for those interested in traditional methods. Great visuals. The perfect gift for my craftsman father.Published 22 months ago by Turri
This, like all of Hilary Stewart's books, is a wonderful read and a wondrous source of information for anyone wishing to learn about the Coast Indian way of life.Published on October 6, 2012 by Ruth C. Vitovec