A Most Indispensable Art: Native Fiber Industries from Eastern North America

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James B. Petersen
Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1996 - Crafts & Hobbies - 212 pages
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"This collection of essays chronicles the diversity and richness of one broad category of traditional material culture - fiber industries or textiles - among prehistoric and historic Native Americans in eastern North America. Such industries, which include basketry, fabrics, cordage, and netting, played an important role in the economic, social, and ceremonial life of indigenous cultures. However, because of the extreme age of the artifacts, their fragile nature, and unfavorable preservation conditions, knowledge of these industries has long been incomplete - resulting in a gap in scholarship that this volume does much to address."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

The Origins of Fiber Perishables Production East of the Rockies
30
TABLES
33
An Early Woodland Cemetery in Northwestern Vermont
50
Inferring Behavior and Function from an Etowah Fabric Incorporating Feathers
73
Cordage Twist and Ethnicity
88
Ethnicity and Technological Traditions during
100
Mississippian Textile Evidence on FabricImpressed Ceramics from Mound Bottom Tennessee
160
The Role of Storage and Handling in the Preservation of Fibrous Materials in Museums
174
A Western Perspective
180
Contributors
200
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