By David Dean, 150 pages
The panorama of Native American beadwork – its magic, mystery, color, complexity and sheer invention – is the subject of Beading in the Native American Tradition. From first contact with Europeans with their abundant trade goods, Native peoples made ingenious and artistic use of this new material – glass seed beads to ornament their ritual objects and elevate their everyday possessions to the extraordinary.
The techniques they developed for working with beads are a robust blend of originality and adaptation from their own and from
European traditions. Author David Dean, of Native American and European heritage, traces the story of beadwork as it spread across North America and as it continues today, a vital, evolving art. His clear explanations and instructions will help the collector identify old work, and the craftsman pursue new paths with confidence, authenticity and respect. Inspiring color photographs throughout show the best of contemporary beadwork and impressive historic pieces from museums and private collections, many published here for the first time.