Indian Basketry. With 360 Illustrations

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printed privately for the author, 1901 - Indian baskets - 238 pages
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Page 85 - The bark is removed from the fresh shoots by biting it loose at the end and tearing it off. The woody portion is scraped to remove bud protuberances and other inequalities of the surface and is then allowed to dry. These slender stems serve as foundation.
Page 94 - Zunis, because the light at morning and evening in winter time is yellow, as also is the auroral light. The west is known as the blue world, not only because of the blue or gray twilight at evening, but also because westward from Zuniland lies the blue Pacific.
Page 85 - The, sewing material is prepared from the same plants. A squaw selects a fresh shoot, breaks off the too slender upper portion and bites one end so that it starts to split into three nearly equal parts. Holding one of these parts in her teeth and one in either hand, she pulls them apart, guiding the splitting with her fingers so dexterously that the whole shoot is divided into three equal even portions.
Page 93 - This is the center. I live here. The red spot is my heart — everybody can see it. The yellow grass grows everywhere around this place. The green mountains are far away all around the world. There is only water beyond, salt water. The blue [referring to the blue cloth strip] is the sky, and tho star is the north star. That star never changes; it is always in the same place. I keep my heart on that star. I never change.
Page 18 - ... and consequent cracking from drying. This lining of clay is pressed, while still soft, into the basket, as closely as possible, with the hands, and then allowed to dry. The tray is thus made ready for use. The seeds or other substances to be parched are placed inside of it, together with a quantity of glowing wood coals.
Page 35 - After calling her to come to him, her uncle seats her on the west side of the hut, and the bridegroom sits down before her, with his face toward hers, and the basket of porridge set between them. A gourd of water is then given to the bride, who pours some of it on the bridegroom's hands while he washes them, and he then performs a like office for her. With the first two fingers of the right hand he then takes a pinch of the porridge, just where the line of pollen touches the circle of the east side....
Page 20 - Clay nucleus in base-moM, with beginning of spiral building. other forms. To render them as light as possible they were also made very thin. One of the consequences of all this was that when large they could not be stroked inside, as the shoulders or uttermost upper peripheries of the vessel could not be reached with the hand or scraper through the small openings. The effect of the pressure exerted in smoothing them on the outside, therefore, naturally caused the upper parts to FIG.
Page 91 - White is worn by the Saviour after his resurrection; by the Virgin in representations of the Assumption; by women as the emblem of chastity; by rich men to indicate humility; and by the judge as the symbol of integrity. It is represented sometimes by silver or the diamond, and its sentiment is purity, virginity, innocence, faith, joy, and light. "Red. the color of the ruby, speaks of royalty, fire, divine love, the holy spirit, creative power, and heat. In an opposite sense it symbolized blood, war,...
Page 91 - The eagle plumes were laid to the east and near by them white corn and white shell ; the blue feathers were laid to the south with blue corn and turquoise ; the hawk feathers were laid to the west with yellow corn and abalone shell ; and to the north were laid the whippoorwill feathers with black beads and corn of all the several colors.
Page 138 - ... futile. Here, as in biotic evolution, we must be content to point out general tendencies and to discover general laws. The second question, What part do delineations of life forms play in the development of set decorative designs ? is now to be considered. In a very early stage of culture most people manifest decided artistic tendencies, which are revealed in attempts to depict various devices, life forms and fancies, upon the skin or upon the surfaces of utensils, garments, or other objects....

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