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Indian Baskets of Central California: Art, Culture, and History Native American Basketry from San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay North to Mendocino ... Baskets of California And Oregon Series) Hardcover – February 23, 2006
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"Indian Baskets of Central California is indeed the basketry book we have all been waiting for―- so long! In its own way resembling a basket, the book seems to absorb refinement and attention to detail from the originals. Put simply, it is a beautiful book that celebrates a beautiful tradition well."―Fremontia
"There hasn't been enough written about American Indian basketry, but Ralph Shanks' Indian Baskets of Central California fills a long-overdue void…The scholarly yet easy-to-read writing joins with superb color photographs to create this must-have work for the collector."―San Jose Mercury News
"This book is essential for all scholars of basketry. This book provides a holistic and humanistic approach to the study of basketry. It is a fundamental sourcebook.. a treasure chest of data.. Congratulations to the Shanks, and may their next two volumes be soon in the making."―Society for California Archaeology Newsletter
"This book has much to offer the beginning basketry aficionado and will also hold the interest of leading scholars in the field. Indian Baskets of Central California is a book that all California Indian basket lovers will want to include in their libraries."―News from Native California
"The Shanks have made great contributions to the genre. [This] is a fundamental sourcebook for anyone responsible for collections containing baskets from central California. This treasure chest of data can help with comparisons between baskets, and aid in identification of baskets of unknown origins."―Society for California Archaeology
"An expertly researched and well-written book, comprehensive in scope, this contributes deeper understanding and appreciation of the region's basketry traditions."―Choice
About the Author
Ralph Shanks is vice president of the Miwok Archaeological Preserve of Marin. Lisa Woo Shanks is editor of the Basketry of California and Oregon Series. They are the authors of The North American Indian Travel Guide.
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Indian Baskets of Central California is split geographically into three sections: San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay, the interior coast range mountains, and the Sierra Nevada and the Delta. Each section highlihghts the basketry of different tribes, both in text and imagery. The book, in fact, is heavily illustrated with photography of existing baskets from collections all over the west coast. The history of the development of each type of basket is told, as is the story behind its ultimate use. The details pertaining to each individual basket's story are as intricately woven into storylines as the baskets themselves were crafted.
Ralph and his wife/editor Lisa Woo Shanks have collaborated on several projects, including the North American Indian Travel Guide. Independently, Lisa is the editor of the Basketry of California and Oregon Series. Their expertise for this very precise subject shines through in this important book, one that will help keep alive fading arts and cultures of the past.
To anyone interested in the artworks or culture of the American Indian, this is a must have treasure. In fact, it can well stand first in line among any indian textile, carving, pottery, or beadwork books that I have ever seen.