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Indian Art in America: The Arts and Crafts of the North American Indian by Frederick J. Dockster

The magnificent art and decorative craftsmanship of the Indian tribes of North America appear in all of their colonial variety and complexity in this superb volume. Examples are included of the work of every major region in the areas now comprising the United States and Canada, of most of the numerically important or artistically pre-eminent tribes, and all of the major techniques employed by Indian artists.

The varying cultures which developed on the North American continent, from the Eskimo to the Iroquois, and from the Pueblo to the Great Plains, are all represented. Each found its own ways of using available natural resources for utilitarian objects, for religious and ritual purposes, or for sheer aesthetic pleasure. The book abounds in beautiful examples of characteristics shell and quill work, pottery and weaving, deer and buffalo hide painting, carved stone pipes and tomahawks. Illustrations stone effigy sculptures from the ancient Southeast; sophisticated carvings in stone and ivory from the Midwest; elaborate horse-trappings and costuming from the Great Plains; and a fascinating variety of masks.

Dr. Dockstader draws upon a thorough knowledge of Indian life, custom and artistic tradition to relate this material to its sources in his introduction and in the extensive background comments accompanying each of the illustrations. He sees the art of the American Indian not as a subject for static sociological research, but as a living and continuing expression of a vital people, and he has included in this book a number of examples of recent and contemporary work by Indian artists. 

Dockstader, F. J. (1961). Indian art in america : the arts and crafts of the north american indian. New York Graphic Society.


A video describing the art of different Native American cultures.

 Learn About The Different Forms Of Native American Art. (2018).[Video/DVD] Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from