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Indian Designs Order This Book
Indian Designs
For Jewelry and Other Arts and Crafts
by Connie Asch
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 64 pages, copyright 1985
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Indian Designs by Connie Asch provides a collection and samples of traditional Native American designs which were published primarily for silversmiths and jewelry makers, but which also have broad applications for baskets, pottery, carving, lapidary, beadwork, wind bells, weaving, quilting, stitchery, fabric painting, clothing, doll and fetish making, and numerous other crafts projects.

Here you will find many pleasing traditional motifs and eye-catching ideas for designing and ornamenting bracelets, rings, watch bands, bolo ties, pendants, earrings and necklaces with geometrics, animals, the elements, story scenes, yei figures and more.


Indian Designs Order This Book
Indian Designs
by David and Jean Villasenor
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 48 pages, copyright 1983
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Indian Designs by David and Jean Villasenor illustrates Native American pottery, basket and ceremonial designs which are primarily adaptations from the rich fabric of Acoma, Hopi, Hohokam, Miembres, and Navajo art and crafts of the southwestern United States. Several Central American designs of Aztec derivation are also presented. The inspirational and idea germinating designs in this book are readily adapted to silverwork and jewelry as well as beadwork, weaving, quilting, stitchery, fabric painting, clothing, doll and fetish making, and numerous other crafts projects. Brief explanations as to the cultural symbolism of many of these Native American designs is provided.


Rock-Art of the Southwest Order This Book
Rock-Art of the Southwest
A Visitor's Companion
by Liz and Peter Welsh
Soft cover, 8.25" x 5.25", 167 pages, copyright 2009

In quiet alcoves, on windswept ridges, or beneath soaring cliffs, rock-art captures our imagination. What was the purpose of these intriguing markings? Who created them - and when? What do the designs signify?

Rock-Art of the Southwest: A Visitor's Companion guides you through the fascinating world of rock-art and shows you how to make your visits to rock-art sites more rewarding. You will discover how the designs were created and what is known about the people who made them.

A directory of 28 outstanding rock-art sites in seven states starts you on your journey. An informative resource guide directs you to Southwestern rock-art research centers and web sites, as will as to national and international rock-art organizations.


Southwest Indian Designs Order This Book
Southwest Indian Designs
With Some Explanations
by Mark Tomas Bahti
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 48 pages, copyright 1994
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From petroglyphs to modern Native American art, decorative designs have played an important role in expressing the ideas and beliefs of those who have made the American Southwest their home for thousands of years. The prehistoric Hohokam and Mimbres people used design motifs in rock art and pottery while the present day Hopi and Navajo use them in the arts and crafts of today.

Although many of the symbols and patterns found on pottery, baskets, rugs and jewelry have histories and meanings assigned to them, many do not. Southwest Indian Designs is an attempt to answer some of the more commonly asked questions and to provide valuable insight into those designs that do not have specific meanings. Included are symbols and explanations of Zuni, Navajo, Hopi, Tewa, Acoma, Pueblo, Mimbres and Hohokam designs. Author Mark Bahti has recreated close to 200 symbols and their variations making this an invaluable guide to those interested in the art, history, and culture of the Indians of the Southwest.


Zuni Fetishes & Carvings Order This Book
Zuni Fetishes & Carvings
by Kent McManis
Soft cover, 8" x 9", 151 pages, copyright 2010
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Zuni Fetishes & Carvings provides newly expanded, combined edition of the two most popular books on Zuni fetishes and carvings nationwide! These tiny, exquisite "charm stones" make up some of the most popular Native American art in North America. Now available in a single volume, Zuni Fetishes & Carvings offers the best general reference on the subject ever available to collectors. This new edition is fully illustrated with the work of nearly 700 carvers and catalogs more than 900 fetishes in full color.

How can fetishes help us in our daily lives? What does the bear represent? The frog? The eagle? What powers do they contain? What makes a fetish "speak" to a collector? In this deluxe edition, noted dealer in Native American art Kent McManis answers all these questions and many more. He presents the two major traditional types of fetishes: the protective/healing group and the hunting group. He describes the materials that Zuni artists carve today, such as turquoise, onyx, jet, mother-of-pearl, and Picasso marble, and shows the artist's fine techniques. He also introduces many skilled carvers - both acknowledged masters and newcomers to the craft - and includes hundreds of photos and newly updated family trees for the carvers.

In the section "The Power Of the Fetish" Kent McManis explains the fetish powers traditionally ascribed to mountain lions, bears, badgers, wolves, eagles, moles, coyotes, bobcats, frogs and turtles, snakes, owls and other birds, game animals, domesticated animals, local animals, non-local animals, corn maidens and maidens, and humans and miscellaneous figures. The section "Carving Materials" covers and is illustrated with fetishes carved from alabaster, serpentine, Picasso marble, jet, black marble, pipestone, turquoise and related minerals, dolomite, fluorite, miscellaneous stones, glass, shell, antler, horn, fossilized ivory, bone, and other organic materials.

Zuni Fetishes & Carvings is also a great motif and idea book for lapidaries and carvers who are interested in Zuni carving and would like to incorporate elements of their designs, techniques and materials into their own work.


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