A definitive book on Indian art rooted in the tribal legand and folklore predating the coming of the whites. The scope of the research is tremendous, extending from North through Central and South America. Introductory text examines the symbolism and presents legends which are closely linked with the plates illustrating the various forms of art, -- weaving, embroidery, basketry, pottery, metal work, sculpture, painting, manuscript writing. The focus is on what the Indians did rather than when, but a preface sets the acene of historical background, and the examples are taken from the best museum collections in the world. The material is divided geographically into seven sections. There's a Bibliography for further study, and a double index, one to the legends, one to the plates. 79 full pages of color, including more than 700 designs, the work of over 100 tribes and groups. In format, the book suggests two other superb art books on the Scribner list,-Folk Art of Rural Pennsylvania and The Decorative Arts of Sweden.