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WH - 98361-5  ARTS OF DIPLOMACY by Castle McLaughlin

When Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the Corps of Discovery on their epic journey across the American West, they were acting not only as territorial explorers but also as diplomatic emissaries from Jefferson's U, S. government to the Indian peoples they encountered. This fresh examination of the rare and beautiful Native American objects related to the Corps' expedition brilliantly challenges the conventional wisdom about Lewis and Clark and places their journey in the context of a complex process of mutual discovery between representatives of very different cultures.

In Arts of Diplomacy, anthropologist Castle McLaughlin demonstrates that Native Americans were active participants in these historic encounters. Selecting objects of significance to bestow as gifts or use in trade, they skillfully negotiated their own strategic interests in their dealings with the exploring party. McLaughlin and her team of researchers tell a story of Native peoples who were sophisticated traders and cultural brokers already engaged in a global exchange of goods and materials decades before the captains' arrival on the scene.

The vehicle for this analysis is the extraordinary collection of late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century Native American objects from the Prairie, Plains, and Pacific Northwest that is housed at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at
Harvard University. Long thought to represent the only remaining ethnographic items acquired by Lewis and Clark, some of the pieces are shown to belong to a newly identified collection of early Native American materials that was assembled in the 1820s by Lt. George C. Hutter, Clark
's nephew by marriage.

Hillel S. Burger's exquisite color photography and contributions by art historian Gaylord Torrence, anthropologist Anne-Marie Victor-Howe, objects conservator T. Rose Holdcraft, Wasco fiber artist Pat Courtney Gold, and Mandan-Hidatsa community activist Mike Cross enrich this ground-breaking analysis. 416pp, 195 illus, 150 in color, notes, biblio, index. Soft cover.  
$40.00 + s/h


WH - 3867-1 Grand Procession - Contemporary Artistic Visions of American Indians - The Diker Collection at the Denver Art Museum
The premier collection of contemporary American Indian sculptural art figures celebrates a remarkable new tradition-based, contemporary American Indian form of dolls in fine detail. 
From a heritage rooted in dolls and ledger-book drawings, a fresh and exciting sculptural art featuring human and animal figures has evolved since the mid-1980s. Typically around two feet tall and meticulously clothed in elaborate beaded and quilled ceremonial dress, the figures carefully emulate Plains and Plateau traditions of the mid-nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. The premier collection of these figures, created by five award-winning Native American women artists—Rhonda Holy Bear (Lakota), Jamie Okuma (Luiseno), and the Growing Thunder family (Assiniboine-Sioux): Joyce Growing Thunder, her daughter Juanita Growing Thunder Fogarty, and granddaughter, Jessica Growing Thunder—has been brilliantly assembled by Charles and Valerie Diker. While each figure is a strong work of art, the assemblage of figures is particularly powerful.

67 color photos, 64 pages, hardcover. Price: $25.95

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Presented are one hundred classic-era (1880s-1940s) Hope and Zuni carved dolls from private and public collections that have rarely, if ever, been put on exhibition and that collectively form a profound and powerful assembly of the very finest examples from the classic period in Kachina carving. Portago has gracefully photographed these rare figures using available light so as not to distort their colors and to reveal their movement and drama, passion and personality. Wright's essay masterfully elucidates Pueblo culture and cosmology and the systems and perceptions by which Pueblo People interact with their perceived universe.  Reviews: Designated as Outstanding Academic Title - 2006 -- Choice Magazine, Jan 2007; Southwest Book Award - 2006 -- Border Regional Library Association (BRLA). The images are rich with exquisite detail, lifelike personality and an overarching sense of mystery- and the effect is stunning. -- Santa Fe New Mexican, 7/23/06

186 pp, 84 color, 31 duotones. Hardcover. $55.00 + s/h


NV - A WARRIOR I HAVE BEEN: Plains Indian Cultures in Transition by Richard Green

This catalog of Plains Indian material culture is a wonderful reference source for anyone in learning about the Plains Indian lifestyle. Richard green's enclosed exhibition traces the evolution of Plains Indian art and culture from early times to the present, and includes material from a wide range of tribal groups. This book includes over two hundred color photos of exhibit pieces and other items, along with many black and white photographs from the early 1900s.  Page Count: 208; Width: 8.5 inches; Height: 11 inches; Format: Soft cover; Publication Year: 2004  Price: $29.95 + s/h  NEW!

WH-8829-0 CELEBRATION: Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian - Dancing on the Land

 In 1982, the fledgling Native nonprofit Sealaska Heritage Institute held a dance-and-culture festival to celebrate the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska. A couple of hundred Native people gathered in Juneau for the event, called Celebration. They could not have imagined then that Celebration woud spark a movement across the region - a renaissance of Native culture that prompted people largely unfamiliar with their heritage to learn their ancestral songs and dances and to make regalia for future Celebrations.

Today, Celebration is the largest cultural event in the state, drawing thousands of people to the five-day biennial festival. Celebration: Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian Dancing on the Land, featuring the work by the noted
Alaska photographer Bill Hess, includes images from the first Celebrations to the present-day festivals. It is both an introduction to Native cultures and a cherished keepsake for the people who have participated in Celebration.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a regional Native nonprofit organization serving the indigenous peoples of
Southeast Alaska. The Institute was founded in 1980 to administer cultural programs for Sealaska Corporation, a Native for-profit company formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The Institute's mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures.  152pp, 267 illus., 178 in color. 11.5 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches  $40.00 + s/h


WH-8335-9  FACES FROM THE LAND: Twenty Years of Powwow Tradition by Ben Merra   After the success of Powwow: Images Along the Red Road, this new book by the Marras presents more photographs and testimonies. Faces from the Land reveals the dancers, who, united by the ageless rhythms of the powwow drums, come from many tribes, different trades, and every corner of North America and celebrate customs both ancient and modern, bringing them together as a proud community to preserve tribal traditions. Since 1988, photographer Ben Marra and his wife, Linda, have crisscrossed the nation to document the majestic dance regalia worn at Native American powwows. Traveling to over 30 cities a year, Ben Marra invites people into his makeshift studio to be photographed in full traditional dress, while Linda records the stories behind their outfits and dance. The resulting images are stunning, and capture not only the brilliant colors and incredible craftsmanship of the regalia, but the personal journeys that inspired them. If you enjoyed Ben Marra's first book, you'll love this one! 175 pages, 155 full color photographs. 10.7 x 9.3 x 0.8 inches. Hardcover. $24.95 + s/h 


WH - 3506-8 FINE INDIAN JEWELRY OF THE SOUTHWEST-  The Millicent Rogers Museum Collection

By Shelby Jo-anne Tisdale New Mexico art patron Millicent Rogers (1902-1953) was a passionate collector who assembled a stellar collection of Navajo and Zuni silver and turquoise, Hopi silverwork, and Pueblo stone and shell jewellery during the late 1940s and early 1950s when fine late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century work could still be found. Her collection provided the foundation for what has become one of America's most important repositories for the aesthetic achievements of Native American artists of the Southwest: The Millicent Rogers Museum. Soft Cover, 215 pages; Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press (August 2007) Language: English; Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.6 x 0.7 inches  $34.95 + s/h



WH-97673-0 NATIVE ARTS OF THE COLUMBIA PLATEAU: The Doris Swayze Bounds Collection

Colorfully beaded handbags, superbly tanned and decorated deerskin shirts, finely woven baskets, exquisitely beaded and fringed horse trappings - these distinctive Native arts of the Columbia River Plateau have been overshadowed in the public eye by the arts of the Northwest Coast, Great Plains, and American Southwest. But Indians in the region where present-day Washington, Oregon, and Idaho share boundaries have for centuries combined function and beauty in the items they made for even the most mundane of uses, and their traditional arts are still vital today.

This book brings overdue recognition to the artistry and craftsmanship of the Plateau Indians by focusing on the remarkable collection amassed by the late Doris Swayze Bounds, a banker in
Hermiston, Oregon, who grew up with and deeply loved Native people and their culture. She was loved in return, and many of the nearly 1,000 Plateau items in her collection came to her as gifts from her Indian friends, who expressed their respect and affection through the time-honored tradition of gift-giving.

Exposed to Euro-Americans relatively late, the Plateau Indians managed to retain many of their traditional lifeways of fishing, hunting, and gathering, as well as a vigorous ethic of generosity and respect for others. The pieces in the Bounds collection, which date mainly from the 1870s to the 1960s, reflect all these aspects of Plateau culture. They range from sturdy baskets made to hold roots or berries to elaborately beaded elkhide "tail dresses" worn on festive occasions.

In five essays, both Native and non-Native experts describe the art styles and the uses and cultural meanings of the items; two other recount Doris Bound's life, collecting practices, and relationships with Native Americans. The essays are handsomely illustrated with items from the Bounds collection. This book offers and introduction to this visually stunning art tradition. Soft cover; 176pp, 280 illus., 48 in color, maps, biblio, index
11 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches  $29.95 + s/h  978-0295976730



This magnificent volume has more than 300 photographs from more than 60 leading museums and private collections that have never before been published describing the clothing in fascinating detail, from moccasins and tunics to sashes, bags and ceremonial and burial costumes. Theodore Brasser explains who made what and how, as well as the meanings of the different kinds of decoration, such as beadwork, embroidery, appliqué, patchwork, weaving and dyeing. There are also many examples of native pottery and other historic artifacts that depict themes used in the clothes. 368 pp, 300+ color and b&w photos, biblio, index, maps.  $65.00 + S/H  NEW!

WH-1156-8 WHERE TWO WORLDS MEET: The Great Lakes Fur Trade

(Museum Exhibit Series) By Carolyn Gilman

Illustrated catalog for an exhibit traces the exchange of North American furs for European manufactured goods. "Inspired by an exhibit of artifacts from the fur trade of the 1700s, this fascinating and attractive catalog includes a history of the fur trade and essays on various aspects of the early cross-cultural contacts between Indians and whites. Photos of tools, clothing, and trade items shown in the exhibit are accompanied by beautiful reproductions of 18th-century paintings and drawings, some in color." -- American West, September/October 1982. Minnesota Historical Society Press; illustrated edition edition  144 pages, Soft Cover 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches  $18.95 + s/h 


80960-2 THE SPLENDID HERITAGE catalog of American Indian artifacts represents the commitment of American collectors to share the beauty and significance of hundreds of ethnographic treasures with a worldwide audience. Originally exhibited as the Akicita Collection at the Southwest Museum and as Splendid Heritage at the Wheelwright and Eiteljorg Museums.  This catalog became a reality through the thoughtful, collaborative efforts of John and Marva Warnock and several collectors of rare and unusual artifacts, the majority of which were produced by Plains and Eastern Woodlands cultures. Their passionate respect and attention to detail is reflected in descriptions and provenance for every artifact, presented in magnificent full-page color images and accompanied by essays from internationally recognized scholars and curators. The contributors celebrate the artifacts not merely for their singular qualities as fine art, but also for their significance in the religious and political lives of their original owners.  207 pages, color photographs throughout  $49.95 + S/H  NEW!

WH- 31770-0  RUBBING OUT LONG HAIR: The American Indian Story of the Little Big Horn Art and Word, Edited by Rodney Thomas.

On 25 and 26 June 1876, the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne Peoples fought to defend their cultures against what was thought to be the most preeminent "Indian-fighting" unit in the United States Army. On 27 June 1876, the battlefield told a different story. To this day, the American Indian history of this battle remains largely ignored and for no good reason. Bias against their narratives, some poorly interpreted and others sometimes steered toward support for already made conclusions, has only recently been seriously considered. The warrior art, some created within days after the fight in keeping with centuries old fashion, has been even less appreciated for what it can "tell" about the battle. Now, for the first time, the author brings together all known art of the battle along with narrative interpretations that tie together art and word. Others have provided narratives and others have presented some of the art but none have captured it like this. Over 250 images, most in color, are presented. Some of these images are quite well known. Others not so. Some will be seen here for the first time. Extensively researched and documented in over 300 pages, Rubbing Out Long Hair is the major reference about the battle art.  321 pp, 250 images. Hardcover  $45.95 + s/h  NEW!


978-8863500004 INDIANS: The Deep Spirit of Native Americans by Edward S. Curtis
Edward S. Curtis’ beautiful photographs are presented here is the “coffee table” size book. Also included are 2 CDs of contemporary American Indian style flute, percussion, music for easy listening with a total of 26 tracks. In this extraordinary book the viewer can find more than a hundred photogravure images of Indians tribes such as Apache, Navaho, Sioux, Cheyenne, Yuma and many others in an unique photographic portfolio taken from the prestigious Northwestern University Library/Evanston, IL. 88 pages, 2 CD. Hardcover.  Save 20%. $64.95 + Free shipping.

WH:1670-3 The Image Taker: The Selected Stories and Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

The work of Edward Curtis captures forever the images, myths, and histories of a vanishing age. The Image Taker features essential selections of photographs and the seldom- seen tribal stories recorded and preserved by Curtis in his 20-volume masterpiece, The North American Indian, offering the reader a bridge through time to the last generation of Indians from the "Buffalo Days" of pre-reservation life. 192 pages, Curtis photographs throughout. Soft Cover. $26.95 + S/H 1933316705  

WH-574-4 Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Ledger Book of History, Coups and Combat by Jean Afton, David Halaas & Andrew Masich
This remarkable ledger book contains 100 color drawings that document the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers. The authors have matched drawings with known events. Also identified are such noted Dog Soldiers as Tall Bull, Big Crow, and Whirlwind. At Summit Springs, Colorado on July 11, 1869, Maj Eugene A. Carr led the Fifth United States Cavalry and a force of Pawnee scouts in an attack on Chief Tall Bull's Cheyenne Dog Soldier village. Also prominent in the fight was chief of scouts, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. When the day's fighting was over, fifty-two Cheyenne Dog Soldiers lay dead. On that day, too, a soldier picked up what appeared to be a plain army ledgerbook. When opened, the book revealed page upon page of colored drawings - all rendered by Cheyenne warrior-artists. The book came to the Colorado Historical Society in 1903, and there it remained for nearly one hundred years, largely unknown or forgotten. Until now. Working in close association with Cheyenne people, the authors have produced an unprecedented look at the Dog Soldiers, treating these ledger drawings as historical documents - as the history of the Dog Soldiers by the warrior-artists themselves. Using Cheyenne sources - both past and present - as well as U.S. military records, legal depositions, diaries, and contemporary newspaper accounts, the authors analyze drawings, identifying the warriors and describing the actions depicted. With more than one hundred beautifully reproduced color drawings, this volume presents not only a groundbreaking departure from standard ledgerbook interpretation but also a riveting story of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers making a last stand for their existence as a free people. 445 pp, 110 color illus, biblio. Soft Cover.
$37.95 + S/H 



The Shindler Catalogue by Paula Richardson Fleming 325 images detail turn of the century Native Americans as photographed by A. Zeno Shindler. Each photo is accompanied by the correct identifications of the images. "This book of hauntingly beautiful Native American portraits reflects the tragic history of the Cheyenne, Sioux, Pawnee, Cherokee, and other groups whose leaders traveled to Washington in the mid-nineteenth century to negotiate treaties with the U.S. government. As compelling as the famous photographs of Indians by Edward S. Curtis, these unique images provide a close-up, unromanticized record of Native American life at a critical time in the history of relations between the U.S. government and Native Americans, just after the Civil War and at the beginning of the great westward expansion of U.S. territories. The images form the core not only of the Smithsonian's extensive collection of Native American photographs but of important collections in many other major museums around the world. They were, moreover, the primary material for what was perhaps the first photographic exhibit ever in an American museum." In her introduction to the photographs, Paula Fleming of the National Anthropological Archives recounts the history of the Smithsonian's first photographic exhibit and catalogue, provides a brief biography of the photographer A. Zeno Shindler, describes the Indian delegations' activities in Washington, and provides correct credits and information concerning these extraordinary photographs.  408pp, 325 images. Hardcover   $39.95 + S/H


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WH - 6441-5 KIOWA & PUEBLO ART-- Watercolor Paintings by Native American Artists 

These authentic portraits of Native American life are painstakingly reproduced from hand-colored originals in two rare, costly portfolios. Created in the early 20th century by artists of the American Southwest — including the internationally renowned "Kiowa Five" — these 81 plates offer highly collectible images of sacred and secular traditions.  Reprint of Kiowa Indian Art: Watercolor Paintings in Color by the Indians of Oklahoma and Pueblo Indian Painting: 50 Reproductions of Watercolor Paintings by Indian Artists of the New Mexican Pueblos of San Ildefonso and Sia, C. Szwedicki, Nice, France, 1929/1932. 112 pages, 80 color plates. $21.95  + S/H

WH-4014-8 JULIUS SEYLER AND THE BLACKFEET: An Impressionist at Glacier National Park By William E. Farr

German Impressionist artist Julius Seyler had already made a name for himself in Europe when America beckoned. While in St. Paul, Minnesota, he encountered Louis Hill, head of the Great Northern Railroad, who wanted to encourage travel to Montana’s newly created GlacierNational Park. To that end, Hill enticed the adventuresome Seyler to visit this majestic landscape and to see the Blackfeet Indians who lived there. This book marks both an appreciation of Seyler’s unique art and a fascinating glimpse into the promotion of a national park in its early years.  William E. Farr has written the first biographical portrait of Seyler, focusing on his two summers at Glacier in 1913 and 1914, his special relationship with the Blackfeet, and the magnificent art he created in the Northern Rockies. The book features more than one hundred images—many in color—including Seyler’s major works from Glacier, other paintings from his European years, and historic photographs from the park.  Seyler enjoyed wide recognition in Europe in his day, but the wartime destruction of his European works has since relegated him to obscurity. This lavish volume shows the stunning visual impact of his art and secures his place as one of the paramount portrayers of a place we still call the Crown of the Continent. 256 pp, 9" x 12" x 0" 73 color 49 b&w illus. Hardcover. 2009 $45.00 + s/h


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