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WH-5890-0 PLAINS INDIAN KNIFE SHEATHS: Materials, Design & Construction By Alex Kozlov
This is a great how-to manual on making knife sheaths in the styles of the Sioux, Cheyenne, Crow, Blackfeet, and others. Plentiful illustrations show typical sheath shapes, beadwork layout patterns, methods of wearing and attachment and more. The book addresses all the tools, supplies, and materials needed. 64 pp, 50+ color photos and over 100 knife sheaths, 20 historic photos and 100 illus.  5890-0 Soft Cover, $18.95



CP 801 - NATIVE AMERICAN HUNTING AND FIGHTING SKILLS by Colin Taylor This superbly illustrated volume focuses on the changing character of American Indian hunting and fighting skills -- the tactics, practices, customs and techniques -- under the impact of confrontation with the European colonizers and the environmental changes they made. Colin F. Taylor begins with a broad overview of the hunting and fighting tactics of the North American Indian, contrasting and evaluating the various regions. A major thrust, however, relates to the tribes of the Great Plains. Historically, this region was home to many groups who moved in from other cultural areas. These new arrivals initially employed the tried and tested skills and techniques inherited from their original homelands, but they quickly adapted and changed to match new conditions.  A fascinating and evocative visual history of the changes and development in Native American fighting and hunting skills, under the impact of European colonizers and the introduction of the horse and the gun. Nicely illustrated: color photos & drawings.7" X  8" Hardbound 128 pages. NEW LOWER PRICE!!  Was $ 24.95 Now Only $ 18.95



CP 838 - PRACTICING PRIMITIVE: A Handbook of Aboriginal Skills by Steven M. Watts  

Prehistorian Watts directs the Aboriginal Studies Program at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in North Carolina and has been thinking and writing about stone-age heritage for more than 20 years. Many of the articles collected here were previously published in the Bulletin of Primitive Technology. Abundantly illustrated with b&w photos and drawings, the articles describe a wide range of projects involving the making of tools, weapons, shelters, bindings, and boats. This is an engaging, informative book for educators, museum staff, and prehistory buffs interested in trying their hands at yucca-leaf lashing, cattail cutting (to build a house, or a hat), or arrow-making with rivercane—to name just of few of the many projects described. Material on administering a primitive skills program with both group and individual activities is included.   Paperback, 240pp $25.95




This comprehensive review of Native American life skills covers collecting and preparing plant foods and medicines; hunting animals; creating and transporting fire; and crafting tools, shelter, clothing, utensils, and other devices. Step-by-step instructions and 145 detailed diagrams enable the reader to duplicate native methods using materials available in local habitats. A new foreword, introduction, and index complement the practical information offered. 248 pages, 7x10, Paperback, 145 line drawings. $ 22.95




Featuring 155 color photographs and illustrations, Native American Weapons surveys weapons made and used by American Indians north of present-day Mexico from prehistoric times to the late nineteenth century.  The book skillfully describes the weapons and their roles in tribal culture, economy, and political systems. Arms are categorizes according to their function--from striking, cutting, and piercing weapons to those with defensive and even symbolic properties. 8x 8 1/2, 128 pages, illustrated, soft bound.
NEW LOWER PRICE!!  Was $ 24.95 Now Only $ 16.95



OS068483-   HOW TO STAY ALIVE IN THE WOODS: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation... Anywhere.   By Bradford Angier
This book is a
practical, readable-and potentially indispensable manual for anyone venturing into the great outdoors. Broken down into four essential sections, Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety, this enlightening guide reveals how to catch game without a gun, what plants to eat (full-color illustrations of these make identification simple), how to build a warm shelter, make clothing, protect yourself and signal for help. Detailed illustrations and expanded instructions, newly commissioned for this deluxe edition, offer crucial information at a glance, making How to Stay Alive in the Woods truly a lifesaver. A sturdy, durable rubber cover with Dayglo type protects this must-have from the elements. 315 pages; 1.48" x 9.60" x 5.62".  $ 9.95


by Douglas Spotted Eagle Wallentine

This exciting edition includes all you need to know to make powerful and attractive Indian bows with an easy-to-follow text. The reader is shown how to use both primitive and modern techniques of bow and arrow making. Making bow strings with techniques that are understandable to even the beginning bowyer; and shooting the way that Indians did years ago. 116 photos, 5 charts and diagrams, this book will be invaluable to anyone interested in traditional weapons of the American Indian, their material culture and/or early Americana. 119 illustrations. Paperback, 98pp, .29" x 10.97" x 8.56". $ 13.95


OS09425- FLINTKNAPPING: The Art of Making Stone Tools By Paul Hellwig

Extensive how-to section with photos and drawings. The history of flint knapping and various types of stones are discussed in detail. $ 29.95


by David Christopher Waldorf

With a good mixture of pictures, charts, diagrams and text the author teaches the reader the art of flint working with flint.  All stages of collecting flint, preparing tools, reduction strategies, and knapping are covered.  Probably the best book available on the subject.  8.5" X 11", 76 pages.  Illustrated.  Paperback. $17.95



by Evard H. Gibby, Montejon and Monte Smith  

This exciting Eagle's View publication explains everything you ever wanted to know about brain tanning as it was done by Native Americans. Brain tanning is the process of mechanically separating the fibers of the hide, lubricating them with oils from the brain tissue and making them water resistant by the application of smoke. It is the ideal method for home tanners.   This fully illustrated book features clear, simple, step-by- step instructions for tanning all kinds of skins, with and without the hair. Methods described include: making buckskin (including fleshing, removing the hair, braining the skin, and breaking and drying the skin); tanning rabbit and sheepskins with the hair or fur on; and smoking the skins. Techniques for making rabbit skin ropes and rabbit rope blankets and a special section on primitive clothing are also provided. The appendices contain information on constructing many of the tools used and suggestions on tanning without brains. Brain tanned leather is far superior to chemically tanned leather for use in native American crafts such as beading and porcupine quillwork, or any work which requires stitching on leather.  The high cost of brain tanned leather makes learning the technique a very attractive alternative. This book will be invaluable to anyone interested in traditional skills of the American Indian or survival skills, and to those who enjoy making and wearing their own craftwork.  Soft Cover, 28pp.  NEW LOWER PRICE! Was $16.95 Now Only $ 9.95


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