Beads and Beadwork of the American Indians

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Read Books, 2007 - Art - 204 pages
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An in-depth study of the bead and how the native north and south Americans utilised beads for dress and ritual clothing from prehistoric to relatively modern times. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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A gifted artist, was born in England around 1865, came to the United States, worked for a short period at the American Museum of Natural History, and then entered the private employ of Dr. Heye. Upon the founding of the Museum of the American Indian in 1916, Mr. Orchard became preparator, continuing in this capacity until his retirement in 1935. He died in 1948. His genius in repairing and restoring specimens was remarkable, and he enjoyed a well-earned reputation throughout the museum world for his skill in creating models and dioramas of native scenes. His son, Fred, was also a preparator, serving on the staff of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, for many years." (From the foreword to the 1975 edition by Frederick J. Dockstader). William C. Orchard also wrote "The Technique of Porcupine Quill Decoration Among The Indians of North America", which was first published in 1916. This in depth study of a craft that is unique to the Indians of North America was reprinted in 1971 by the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation and they cooperated with the publishing of an Eagle's View edition in 1982. That edition has been reprinted five times, a testament to the enduring reference value of Orchard's work.

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