Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume

Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume

by Josephine Paterek


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"This impressive reference work took ten years to write, and the waiting was well worth it. Nothing of this scope and magnitude on this subject has been done before."—Choice

Slipping away from us in these times of the homogenization of culture are the traditions of older societies, some of them dating from 9000 B.C., who understood and were in tune with the changing vistas of the North American continent. Practical, yet with an eye for beauty, these peoples clothed themselves in a vast array of styles that will be forgotten unless preserved. The Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume offers complete descriptions and cultural contexts of the dress and ornamentation of the many nations that have shared this continent. The book is divided into ten cultural regions, with each chapter giving an overview of the regional clothing. Tribal information includes men's and women's basic dress, footwear, outerwear, hair styles, headgear, accessories, jewelry, armor, special costumes, garment decoration, face and body embellishment, and transitional dress after European contact. This beautifully designed book contains more than 150 photographs and illustrations.
  • Voted an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393313826
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/1996
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 516
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Josephine Paterek, PhD, is professor emeritus of speech and theatre at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI.

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Encyclopedia of American Indian Costume 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
desertflower More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book, more than I expected. Not dull at all. History on the clothes that so many Native Americans wore along with their footwear, and their jewelry. The author did alot of research to produce the pictures and information. Well worth having and reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago