THE ART OF THE WOODLAND INDIANS by Shirley Glubok

THE ART OF THE WOODLAND INDIANS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Generally less impressive as art then what we've seen from other American regions, the objects surveyed here range from prehistoric artifacts of the mound builders to jewelry made from German silver and tobacco bags embroidered in floral patterns learned from French nuns. Included are such practical objects as beaded wampum belts, woven powder horn sashes, a toboggan, and birch bark wigwams and canoes; there is also a repeated design on folded birchbark that we're told a Chippewa woman made with her teeth. Glubok describes the items in terms of materials, functions and customs in her characteristically readable tour-guide style that tends (as does the browsable format) to present warriors' roaches (animal hair pieces) on a par with the powerful False Face masks. Interesting, as an exhibit.

Pub Date: Nov. 11th, 1976
Publisher: Macmillan