Anthropology Outreach Office Smithsonian Institution
Selected References on
NATIVE AMERICAN GAMES, DANCES, AND CRAFTS
Culin, Stewart. Games of the North American Indians. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1992. First published as the 24th Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of American Ethnology in 1907. (A comprehensive work dividing American Indian games into two classes--games of chance and games of dexterity--with a tabular index to tribes and games.)
D'Amato, Janet and Alex D'Amato. Native American Craft Inspirations. New York: M. Evans & Co., 1992, 1972. (An informative and well-illustrated book on creating American Indian jewelry, clothing, accessories, and household items.)
________. Indian Crafts. Scarsdale, NY: Lion Books. (grades 2-5).
Epstein, Roslyn. American Indian Needlepoint Designs for Pillows, Belts, Handbags, and Other Projects. Mineola, NY: Dover Books, 19773. (Designs are accompanied by an explanation of their symbolic meaning.)
Ewers, John C. Blackfeet Crafts. Rev. ed. Stevens Point, WI: Schneider Books, 1986. (Design and construction techniques for a variety of crafts)
Ferg, Alan, ed. Western Apache Material Culture; The Goodwin and Guenther Collections. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1987.
Fletcher, Alice. C. Indian Games and Dances with Native Songs. Reprint of 1915 edition. New York: AMS Press. (Part II of the book describes hazard games, guessing games, and ball games.)
Fundaburk, Emma Lila. Mary D. Forman, ed. Reprint ed. Sun Circles and Human Hands: the Southeastern Indian's Art and Industries. Fairhope, AL: American Bicentennial Museum, 1957. (Contains illustrations and some explanation of construction techniques)
Halpin, Marjorie M. Totem Poles: An Illustrated Guide. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1983. (Explains the form and meaning of totem poles and introduces a methods of comparison between culture areas)
Hamm, Jim. Bows & Arrows of the Native Americans: A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Wooden Bows, Sinew- Backed Bows, Composite Bows, Strings, Arrows & Quivers. New York, NY: Lyons & Burford, 1991.
Hofsinde, Robert. Indian Costumes. New York, NY: Morrow Junior Books, 1968.
Hungry Wolf, Adolph. Traditional Dress. Summertown, TN: Book Pub. Co., 1990.
Hungry Wolf, Adolph and Beverly Hungry Wolf. Blackfoot Craftworker's Book. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Northwest Printing and Lithographing Ltd., 1991, 1977. (Basic instructions on craft and clothing construction and decoration)
Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Native American Arts. (serial) Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., 1968-. (Publications include a variety of topics on crafts, artists and regional art. Write: Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Room 4004, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240)
Koch, Ronald. Dress Clothing of the Plains Indians. (Civilization of the American Indian Ser.) Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990. (Contains many illustrations and step-by-step instruction for making Plains Indian clothing)
Laubin, Reginald and Gladys Laubin. American Indian Archery. (Civilization of the American Indian Ser. vol. 154.) 1st ed., 1980. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1991.
________. Indian Dances of North America: Their Importance to Indian Life. (The Civilization of American Indian Series, no. 141.) Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1977.
________. The Indian Tipi: Its History, Construction, and Use. 2nd ed. Norman, London: University of Oklahoma Press, 1977.
Leftwich, Rodney L. Arts and Crafts of the Cherokee. Reprint ed. Cherokee, N.C.: Cherokee Pubs. 1986.
Lyford, Carrie A. Ojibway Crafts. Reprint ed. Stevens Point, WI: Schneider Books, 1982.
________. Iroquois Crafts. Reprint ed. Stevens Point, WI: Schneider Books, 1982. (This very informative leaflet details many different crafts and their construction)
Mason, Bernard S. How to Make Drums, Tom Toms and Rattles. Reprint ed. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1974.
________. The Book of Indian Crafts and Costumes. Reprint ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Books on Demand. (Well-illustrated instructions for making American Indian costumes, decorations, musical instruments, weapons, jewelry, headdresses, etc.)
________. Drums, Tomtoms and Rattles: Primitive Percussion Instruments for Modern Usage. Magnolia, MA: Peter Smith, 1990. (grades 5 and up)
McNutt, Nan. Fernandes, Roger, illus. The Spindle Whorl: A Northwest Coast Activity Book. Seattle: Sasquatch Books, 1997.
McNutt, Nan. The Button Blanket: An Activity Book, ages 5-9. Petersburg, AK: The Workshop; 1986. 41 pages. (elementary).
McNutt, Nan; Osawa, Yasu and Jackson, Nathan, illus. The Bentwood Box: An Activity Book. Petersburg, AL: Nan McNutt; 1984. 33 pages. (elementary).
Minor, Marz and Nono Minor. The American Indian Craft Book. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996, 1978. (Contains construction information for different crafts)
Morrow, Mable. Indian Rawhide: An American Folk Art. (Civilization of the American Indian Ser., vol. 132.) Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1975. (Mostly deals with Parfleche construction and decoration but also includes good details on the Cheyenne women's craft or sewing societies)
Nabokov, Peter. Indian Running: Native American History and Tradition. Santa Fe, NM: Ancient City Press, 1981.
Norbeck, Oscar E. Book of Indian Life Crafts. Rev. ed. New York: Association Press, 1958.
Salomon, Julian H. The Book of Indian Crafts and Lore. Corvallis, OR: Galloway, 1974. (This classic "how-to" book covers a wide range of crafts including war bonnets, tipis, musical instruments, games, firemaking, and cooking.)
Schneider, Richard C. Crafts of the North American Indian: A Craftsman's Manual. Reprint ed. Stevens Point, WI: Schneider Pubs., 1981. (Concerned primarily with the crafts of the Woodland peoples, the book covers the following topics: tools, skin and leatherwork, beadwork, basketry, ceramics, and fiber and bark.)
Stribling, Mary Lou. Crafts From North American Indian Arts: Techniques, Designs, and Contemporary Applications. New York: Crown Publishers, 1975. Out of print. (This work concentrates on the following crafts: ornaments and finery, mats and baskets, textiles, applique, quillwork, thread embroidery, gourds and clay, and dry painting.)
Turner, Alta R. Finger Weaving: Indian Braiding. Cherokee, NC: Cherokee Publications, 1973. Vennum, Thomas, Jr. American Indian Lacrosse. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994.
White, George M. Craft Manual of North American Indian Footwear. 2nd rev. ed. Arlee, MT: White Publishing, 1992, 1969. (Contains the history and general instructions for making moccasins of 18 different tribes)
Whittaker, John C. Flintknapping: Making and Understanding Stone Tools. 1st ed. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1994.
Wissler, Clark. "Costumes of the Plains Indians." Anthropological Papers, American Museum of Natural History. Vol. XVII, Pt. II. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1915. (A good reference that includes illustrations of dresses, shirts, leggings, breech clouts, and construction or decoration techniques)
Wissler, Clark. "Indian Costumes in the United States." Guide Leaflet, American Museum of Natural History. Leaflet #63. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1931. (Drawings and photographs of clothing and other articles used by the Indians of the United States)
Wolfson, Evelyn; Poyden, Nancy illus. American Indian Utensils: Make Your Own Baskets, Pottery, and Woodenware with Natural Materials. New York, NY: David McKay Co., Inc.; 1979. 111 pages. Organized by culture area, this guide includes: basketry techniques, plants used for weaving, directions for making various kinds of baskets; pottery techniques, instructions for making pots; and information on woodworking tools and materials with instructions for making birch bark containers, spoons, and bark cordage. Illustrated with black and white drawings and diagrams. Includes a selected bibliography, and an index. (intermediate/secondary). i/s/how-to.
The Anthropology Outreach Office also has bibliographies on American Indian basketry, beadwork, pottery, textiles, symbolism, and silverwork as well as on the arts and crafts of the Indians of the Plains, Southwest, and Northwest Coast and Arctic.
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Last Updated: January 30, 1999.