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WH - PLAINS INDIANS REGALIA AND CUSTOMS by Michael "Bad Hand" Terry.This original study of Plains Indian cultures of the 19th century is presented through the use of period writings, paintings and early photography that relate how life was carried out. The author juxtaposes the sources with new research and modern color photography of specific replica items. Thereby, the past comes to life and today's readers learn this history with concrete examples to which they relate. The comprehensive text documents the seven major tribes: Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Comanche, Crow, Hidatsa, Mandan, and Lakota. Observations of Plains Indian men's and women's habits include procuring food, dancing, developing spiritual beliefs, and experiencing daily life. Prominent leaders and average members of the tribes are introduced and major incidents are explained. True stories come to light through objects that relate to each incident and personality. With an understanding of these cultures, readers learn basic similarities of all people, ancient to present, including today's multi-cultural society.  Hardcover: 224 pages Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (August 28, 2010) ISBN-13: 978-0764335365 Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches

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CL - TAOS PUEBLO - Painted Stories by Jonathan Warm Day New!

Artist Jonathan Warm Day employs a striking contemporary visual expression to allow us a candid view into the intimate communal life of Taos Pueblo as it was long ago. His charming primitive style, love of vivid color and strong use of space are distinctive elements of his work. His paintings are animated, open and warmly inviting, revealing the enchanting serenity and gracefulness of life lived close to nature. Jonathan is also inspired by his mother, Eva Mirabal (Eah-Ha-Wa), who was a well-known artist herself, and by his strong connection to the private spiritual life of his Pueblo community. As appealing as this rich pastoral world is, it is vanishing quickly, even in Warm Day’s lifetime. He is committed, therefore, to preserving his cultural heritage as best he can through his paintings, faithful as they are to both the timeless and the momentary. Thus he gives to his children—and to all of us—a remarkable record of a Native lifestyle, intimately known and! nostalgically recalled." (Taos Talking Picture Festival program)  Taos Pueblo artist Jonathan Warm Day depicts scenes of Pueblo life drawn from his many childhood memories, following his people through the four seasons in story and art. His intricate and brilliantly colored original acrylic paintings illuminate the writing, which describes the traditions and customs that are now part of the heritage of the people of Taos Pueblo. This is a book to be cherished by children and adults alike. 55 pages; 10.6 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches ; Format: Hard cover; 2009; 978-1574160802  Price: $19.95 + s/h

CL - NATIVE AMERICAN NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Gary Robinson and Illustrated by Jesse T. Hummingbird

An innovative retelling of the classic Christmas tale, Native American Night Before Christmas presents a whimsical look at a Native American Christmas Eve, when Old Red Shirt (the Indian Santa Claus) comes a-calling on his wooden sleigh pulled by a team of flying white buffalo. Jesse Hummingbird's inspired illustration transform the author's playful adaptation into a fresh and modern work of art. A delight for people of all ages and cultures. Winner of the 2010 Moonbeam Award for Holiday Books.  40 pages; 12.5 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches; Hardcover; 2007; 978-1574160932  Price: $159.95 + s/h (limited availabilty)

CL - KATERI - NATIVE AMERICAN SAINT: The Life and Miracles of Kateri Tekakwitha By Giovanna Paponetti

Kateri, Native American Saint takes the reader into the world of 17th Century Native Americans and Catholic missionaries. Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680), The Lily of the Mohawks, was a Native American woman born near the Canadian border in present-day Auriesville, New York. She was Beatified by Pope John Paul II on June 22, 1980 and, when canonized, will be the first Native American woman to achieve Saintly status. Authored by Taos, NM artist Giovanna Paponetti, the book is beautifully illustrated with 21 full-color images from an altar screen that Giovanna was commissioned in 2005 to paint for the Church of St. John the Baptist at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo in New Mexico, the oldest Parish in the United States. These extraordinary paintings feature significant chapters from Kateri's early years, her life as a Christian, and miracles following her death at age 24. This book is a must-have collector's item. 56 pages; 10.2 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches; Hardcover; 2010; 978-1574160987 $ 24.95 + s/h  Sold Out.  Out of Stock. Now listed as rare and precious book.  Wholesale cost: $999.00. 


Twenty years ago the Indians of Taos Pueblo won a centuries-old struggle to regain control over their sacred Blue Lake and the surrounding 50,000 acres of land. Keegan, author of Enduring Culture: A Century of Photography of the Southwest Indians, tells the story of the Taos Indians' struggles against Spanish, Mexican, and American attempts to suppress their religion and confiscate their land from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Generously illustrated, this book provides a sympathetic and colorful introduction to the history, culture, and traditions of this persevering people. Recommended for public libraries. 71 pages; Size: 10.3 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches; Hardcover; 2010; 978-1574160994

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CL - SKYWOMAN: LEGENDS OF THE IROQUOIS by Joanne Shenandoah and Douglas M. George-Kanentiio

Shenandoah-Tekalihwa:khwa and George-Kanentiio retell nine traditional Iroquois tales. In a series of creation stories, readers learn how Skywoman fell from the world above, how the animals spread mud on the back of a turtle to catch her and the Earth was born, how the moon was formed, and how human beings were created. Other tales describe the origin of the dancing star constellation and of the evergreen. One selection tells "How the Bear Clan Became Healers" and another describes a sea creature in Lake Ontario. Full-color single- and double-page spreads and black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings depict the action and provide cultural details. The dignity and clarity so much a part of Native American storytelling are evident in this volume. Selections in Skywoman subtly work in Iroquois traditions. The combination of solid writing and evocative artwork make this book worthwhile. 108 pages, 10.1 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches, Hardcover; 1998; 978-0940666993 $ 19.95 + s/h

CL - CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools by Tim Giago

"Provocative, riveting, chilling, persuasive, original Â…" --Ryan Wilson (Oglala Lakota), President, National Indian Education Association
Children Left Behind: The Dark Legacy of Indian Mission Boarding Schools is a must read. Tim Giago, who spent his childhood at one of these schools, examines the unholy alliance between church and state that tried to destroy the culture and spirituality of generations of Indian children. Provocative, riveting, chilling, persuasive, and original, this book leaves the reader overwhelmed. Describing almost inexpressible cruelties and triumphs, Giago pulls us into the boarding school experience. He challenges Indian Country to co-exist with the truth of what actually happened at these schools. Only then can we heal and avoid acquiescence to a system that has crushed so many souls. The book is a triumph, and a major event in Indian education." Ryan Wilson, Oglala Lakota, President, National Indian Education Association

"Children Left Behind, written by respected journalist Tim Giago, is a fascinating mix of personal stories and history about the role of government and mission boarding schools in the lives of Native people. The book provides the reader with the cultural and historical context for many of the problems encountered by Native American families in the early 21st century." (Wilma Mankiller, Former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation) .  166 pages; 8.8 x 6 x 0.5 inches; Softcover; 978-1574160864 $ 19.95 + s/h


"Striking color photographs and an informative and beguiling text and recipes on the food and folklore . . . a loving and poetic presentation of both the cuisines and the people behind them." --New York Times  "An amazing mix of history, folklore, photography and recipes from the American Southwest . . . The recipes are direct and easy. An excellent addition to any cook s library." -New England Review of Books.

This richly descriptive book includes recipes and folklore about the preparation of food by Southwest Indians. A bestselling favorite, which delights the palate and the eye, this cookbook ventures beyond mere recipes into the hearts and souls of the Pueblo and Navajo Indians. In these native cultures, the growth of food and its preparation are intimately tied to religious ceremony.  The 44 full-color photos depict rituals, dances and ceremonies connected with the planting and gathering of crops, together with scenes of home life showing preparation of food. Accompanying text is drawn from quotations of the author s Pueblo and Navajo friends, illuminating the beliefs and rituals that are inseparable from daily life. 120 pages; 8.9 x 6 x 0.4 inches; 978-0940666030
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CL - SUN-PAINTED MAN by Phillip F. Schuster

Sun-Painted Man is a historical novel of intrigue, with real and fictional characters and events. Inspired by the true story of Red-Boy, a young Indian veteran who returns to the Blackfeet reservation in Montana still fighting the ghosts of the First World War. The suffering he sees people freezing in the brutal winter cold, plagued by diseases that could be cured with food and medicine drives him to action. Along the way, he makes powerful enemies by speaking out against the abuses and corruption visited upon his tribe. Red-Boy's enemies retaliate by falsely accusing him of rape and rigging his trial. He is sentenced to twenty years in Leavenworth prison. His only hope for freedom is a New England businessman the adopted son of Curly Bear, a Blackfeet chief who works tirelessly to expose the lies of those who plotted to convict him. Based on the actual diaries, court papers and photographs belonging to the author's great-uncle, Christian F. Schuster, who lived with the Blackfeet, spoke their language and knew their culture intimately. 356 pages; 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches; 978-1574160970   $ 24.95 + s/h

CL - ALLAN HOUSER: An American Master by W. Jackson Rushing III
The art world's best-known Native American artist, the Chiricahua Apache sculptor and painter Allan Houser (1914-1994) was one of the towering figures of 20th-century art. His larger-than-life sculpture Sacred Rain Arrow welcomed athletes to the 2002 Winter Olympics; his powerfully moving bronze Offering of the Sacred Pipe, created for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, has become a worldwide symbol of peace. In 1992 Houser (Haozous in his native language) became the first Native American to receive the country's highest art award, the National Medal of Arts.  This beautifully illustrated volume is the first art-historical treatment of Houser's entire career. The author, a noted historian of Native American art, discusses the artist's work in relation to his Apache origins and places it in the context of the art of the 20th century. Interest in this beloved artist will undoubtedly soar with the retrospective exhibition of Houser's work, one of two shows to inaugurate the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in September 2004. About the Author: W. Jackson Rushing III, professor of art history at the University of Houston, is a noted authority on Native American art in the 20th century. He has published numerous books and articles on Native American art, in particular its relationship to 20th-century modernism. Color photos, 256 pages; 10-1/3 x 12-1/4; (cloth); 0810943263 Price: $60.00 + s/h

CL - ALLURE OF TURQUOISE by Arnold Vigil; Photographs by Mark Nohl
This revised second edition of The Allure of Turquoise, originally published 10 years ago, offers an illuminating look at the cherished gemstone that has come to symbolize the culture and history of the Southwest. Two brand new chapters, updated original chapters, additional photographs and a revamped format mark this absorbing, informative and visually stunning book. The powerful allure of New Mexico's crown jewel comes alive through a diverse collection of feature stories contributed by some of the state's best writers. Their work delves into many facets of turquoise, from the miracle of its geological creation and its centuries-old mining history to its significance and use in the lives of Native Americans. Intriguing chapters touch on the mystery of old pawn, the treasures that reside in the world's first Turquoise Museum, the innovative artistry of New Mexico's contemporary native jewelers and how to distinguish the genuine article from cheap imitations. Readers will find plenty of turquoise lore and a fascinating essay on the strange-but-true relationship between ants and the blue-green stone. Published by New Mexico Magazine Distributed by University of New Mexico Press Arnold Vigil is book editor for New Mexico Magazine.  Color photographs, 108 pages; 7 x 9, paperback; 95
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CL - AMERICAN INDIAN BASKETS I: By Dr. Gregory and Angie Yan Schaaf
1,500 Artist Biographies.  About the American Indian Art Series:"The Bible of Native Arts!" (Native Peoples Magazine) "The volume will for decades remain a primary resource. "(Dr. Bruce Bernstain, Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of the American Indian).  "We applaud the efforts of Dr. Gregory Schaaf in his American Indian Art Series." (Susan Pourian, The Indian Craft Shop, Department of Interior).  This volume profiles over 1,500 American Indian basket makers over the past two centuries from the Southwest, Great Basin and California. Baskets II will feature weavers of Northwest, Alaska, Western Canada, Plateau and Great Plains. Baskets III will feature weavers of the Great Lakes, Northeast, Eastern Canada, Atlantic Seaboard, Southeast, Gulf Coast, Mexico, Central and South America.  This book was created with the cooperation of American Indian artists. Through personal interviews, archival research and artist surveys, information was collected in 25 fields, including the artist’s tribe, clan, active years, type of baskets, lifespan, family relationships, education, teachers, students, awards, exhibitions, collections, forms, techniques, materials, favorite designs and publications. Many artists completed a personal statement, “I enjoy creating artwork, because . . .” Some wrote or narrated autobiographical statements. About the author: Gregory Schaaf, Ph.D. (Cherokee) is the author of "The American Indian Art Series," featuring biographical profiles about almost 10,000 American Indian artists. He earned a doctorate in Native American history and a separate degree in art history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After a distinguished career as a university professor of Native American Studies, he now serves as Director of the Center for Indigenous Arts & Cultures in Santa Fe, New Mexico.As a recognized scholar, he addressed the United Nations and testified before the United States Senate on Indian affairs.  Dr. Schaaf has served as an historian for Hopi elders for sixteen years, as well as working for the Mohawk, Oneida, Delaware, Chumash and other Indian nations. He is a tribally enrolled member and serves as advisor to the Chief of the Northern Cherokee Nation. He continues to work directly with American Indian communities and schools, developing educational and art projects. Articles about his work have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, National Geographic and People Magazine. Color photographs, 344 pages; 9 x 12, (cloth) $65.00 0977665208
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CL - ARTIC TRANSFORMATIONS: The Jewelry of Denise & Samuel Wallace by Lois Sherr Dubin

The Wallace’s innovative jewelry explores a contemporary style that is rooted in the traditions of Denise’s Chugach culture. The Wallaces are storytellers who use fossil ivory, silver, and richly colored stones as their medium rather than words. 240 pages;  330 photos (300 full color); 3 maps, 9-1/2 X11, (cloth) 0974380628 Price: $60.00 + s/h

Presenting a new view of southwestern textile history that goes beyond any other book on the subject, this massive work describes the evolution of southwestern textiles from the early historic period to the late nineteenth century, establishes a revised chronology for its development, and traces significant changes in materials, techniques, and designs. Wheat discusses and evaluates the distinct traits of the Pueblo, Navajo, and Spanish American blanket weaving traditions and demonstrates these features through more than 200 photos, including 191 color plates depicting a vast array of chief blankets, shoulder blankets, ponchos, sarapes, diyugi, mantas, and dresses. Dozens of line drawings demonstrate the fine points of technique concerning weaves, edge finishes, and corner tassels. This is an essential resource for anyone who appreciates the intricacy of these outstanding creations. Despite many popularized accounts, serious gaps have existed in our understanding of these textiles--gaps that one man devoted years of scholarly attention to address. During much of his career, anthropologist Joe Ben Wheat (1916-1997) earned a reputation as a preeminent authority on southwestern and plains prehistory. Beginning in 1972, he turned his scientific methods and considerable talents to historical questions as well. He visited dozens of museums to study thousands of nineteenth-century textiles, oversaw chemical tests of dyes from hundreds of yarns, and sought out obscure archives to research the material and documentary basis for textile development. His goal was to establish a key for southwestern textile identification based on the traits that distinguish the Pueblo, Navajo, and Spanish American blanket weaving traditions--and thereby provide a better way of identifying and dating pieces of unknown origin. Wheat's years of research resulted in a masterful classification scheme for southwestern textiles--and a book that establishes an essential baseline for understanding craft production. 444 pages; Color plates, B&W illustrations & diagrams, 8-1/2 x 11; (cloth); 0816523045. Price: $75.00 + s/h 

CL - CHANGING HANDS: Art Without Reservation, 1: Contemporary Native American Art from the Southwest.  Edited by David Revere McFadden & Ellen Napiura Taubman 
Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation is a landmark new series of three titles that assembles, documents, interprets, and explores the rich diversity of craft, art, and design being produced today by contemporary Native American artists. Works included in the volumes have been selected on aesthetic merits rather than ethnological grounds, and so together form a notable contribution to the study of contemporary art in general. The first volume, which looks at Native American art of the Southwest, focuses on the work of nearly ninety of the most exciting and innovative artists of the region, working in a variety of media, from clay to glass, from fiber to jewelry, and from metal to wood, as well as mixed media. Over two hundred magnificent color images reveal the often provocative and satirical work of such artists as Diego Romero, Roxanne Swentzell, and Virgil Ortiz, as well as cutting-edge experimentalism from such potters as Tammy Garcia, such glass artists as Tony Jojola, and such jewelers as Dylan Poblano.  Personal statements by artists accompany the works, which are further illuminated by essays and commentaries from respected experts in the field, including David Revere McFadden, Ellen Napiura Taubman, Bruce Bernstein, and Dexter Cirillo. A bibliography of Native American art today has also been included. Above all, this series offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the dazzling work of pioneers defying traditional Native American cultural stereotypes, and of younger artists exploring their own new ground. With two further volumes planned, covering contemporary Native American art from California, Hawaii, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes, the Plains, the Southeast, and the East Coast, this series will be an essential companion for collectors and anyone interested in Native American culture. Color photographs, 9-1/4 x 11-1/2, (cloth) 1858941881
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CL - DREAMS & VISIONS By Rosemary Diaz
Dreams and visons are the pathways to the spirit. Cherish all life and the spirit in all things to discover the gifts of wisdom, insight and patience. Combining museum artwork with inspirational poetry by Rosemary Diaz, the Dreams & Visions gift book celebrates our connection to the circle of life.  Color illustrations, 32 pages., 6-1/2 x 4-3/4, IAIDREAMS (cloth) 951928816312
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Within the boundaries of their 25,0000-square-mile reservation, more than 100,000 Navajo People, the largest tribe of Indians in North America, are striving for existence on a land not productive enough to sustain their increasing population. They are striving not only to exist, but also to meet an encroaching way of life with which they are, in a large measure, unfamiliar.

Classic volume of large-format black and white photographs by Laura Gilpin, a beautiful testimony to the Navajo people.  321 pages, 8-1/2 x 11, UTXENDURING; paperback; 0292720580 Price: $34.95 + s/h  


CL - HOME: Native People in the Southwest Edited by Ann Marshall
300 color photographs, 192 pp., 9-1/4 x 11-1/4, UNMHOMEPB (paper) $35.00

Home is the unifying theme in this beautiful, engaging and informative book. Native peoples along the Rio Grande, on the mesas, in plateau country, in the Colorado River Valley and throughout the Southwest share their expressions of home—their connectedness to the lands they have inhabited for centuries—through a glorious array of art. Page after page depicts dazzling color illustrations of exquisite pottery, jewelry, textiles, clothing, basketry and woodcarvings, interwoven with poetry, personal stories and descriptions of the groups’ homelands and cultural traditions. 300 color photographs, 192 pp., 9-1/4 x 11-1/4, UNMHOMEPB; paperback; 0934351759 Price: $34.95 + s/h







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