A Beginner's Handbook to Traditional Native American Beadwork

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AuthorHouse, May 12, 2005 - Social Science - 72 pages
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This book is designed to help the beginning or novice beadworker explore the art of traditional Native American beadwork and guide them through their initial projects. While many beadwork craft books stress more contemporary beading applications, this volume emphasizes the techniques and materials necessary to emulate the traditional art of native artisans. The basic techniques of sewn beadwork are described in detail and are accompanied by clear illustrations. The author also explores the use of color and design elements in traditional beadwork and outlines the historical significance of beads and beaded articles in Native American culture. This guidebook is an excellent first resource for scouts, youth groups, and young adults interested in Native American art and culture.

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About the author (2005)

James J. Byrne holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Berry College in Rome, Georgia. His interest in Native American culture began at an early age as a member of the Boy Scouts m Northwest Georgia; an area rich in Native American History. His mentor and former Scoutmaster later taught him the basics of beadwork and buck skinning. Mr. Byrne continues to work actively with the scouting movement which inspired him to compile this handbook. He works for the public library system and lives in Kingston, Georgia with his three children.

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