Symbols of Native America
  • Author : Heike Owusu
  • Release Date : 26 March 1999
  • Publisher : Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Genre : Indians of North America
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN 13 : 0806963476
  • Total Download : 698
  • File Size : 45,9 Mb

Symbols of Native America PDF Summary

Over 1000 illustrations show the fascinating origins and meanings of 300 symbols and signs used by North American tribes. The magnificent variety of symbols are shown as they were used in pottery, clothing, masks, shields, totems, and other settings, carved, sewn, and painted. The collection starts with the simplest symbols--from lines, circles, and curves, to crosses, triangles, and squares--then traces their combinations into ever-more complex designs. Many symbols depict bonds with nature--particularly animals and landscape features--which appear in clan identifications, picture-writing, rituals, legends, and stories that convey heroism and wisdom. A special section explains how more than 80 different animals may have different meanings among cultures of the Southwest, Plains, Northwest Coast, Sub-Arctic North, and the Northeast. 320 pages, 150 b/w illus., 5 5/8 x 7 1/2.

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