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"This catalogue tells a more complicated story than the title suggests."―Choice

About the Author

Dale Rosengarten is curator of special collections at the College of Charleston library. Theodore Rosengarten teaches history at the College of Charlestona and University of South Carolina. Enid Schildkrout is chief curator and director of exhibitions and publications at the Museum for African Art, New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Museum for African Art (September 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094580251X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945802518
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great new book about sweetgrass baskets by authority Dale Rosengarten based on recent exhibit at the University of South Carolina.
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This is a very informative and in depth look at a true African-American art form
still continuing today. The photographs are excellent. The used condition was
very good and the price for this amazing book was excellent too!
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Love the artistry and skill displayed in the pictures and the history of the people. I am certain I will purchase these baskets and plan to one day visit this area.
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I purchased this book after returning from a summer trip that included a stop in the South Carolina low country, the heart of the Gullah culture and traditions. After talking with several basket weavers in the low country, and hearing their personal stories about the traditions of sweetgrass basket weaving, I fell in love with the art form. As a teacher of students that are predominantly African American, I really wanted to further explore the traditions and the art form so I could incorporate this into lessons for my students. This book is an incredible and scholarly resource that incorporates primary source documents, photographs, and peer reviewed literature to tell the story of sweetgrass basket weaving. It's not just about the baskets though. It highlights the many skills and traditions brought to the new world by West African natives, and gives empirical evidence that it was the African slaves, not the Europeans, who were better adapted to living and surviving in the low country. This is an incredible resource for teaching American History, African American studies, art, and English Language Arts.
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