Beads and Beadwork of the American Indians

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BoD – Books on Demand, 2012 - 206 pages
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Reprint of the original, first published in 1929.
 

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Contents

Introduction
13
Shell Beads v l
19
109
22
Pearl Beads
29
l l
35
v
53
115
57
130
66
Apron loom and partly completed apron Arakuna Indians upper
101
Panama
111
Part of an Iroquois sash with white beads interwoven
116
Detail of part of a beaded woven sash Seneca
117
Detail of the mesh of the Washo neckornament shown in pl XX
122
Netted collar of the Mohave
125
Sewing Techniques l
129
Beaded pouch of the Iroquois of Grand River reservation Canada
133

Odd Forms and Materials
74
Feathered breastornament decorated with seeds strung as beads
74
Trade Beads l v
82
Examples of polychrome trade beads
88
135
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Edgings 4
135
Labret of walrusivory with bead inlay Eskimo of Point Barrow
137
Nootka basket made of cedarbark with glass beads interwoven
140
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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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