Hardback
July 7, 2010
9780930268206
English
168
184 illus., 150 in color
8.50 Inches (US)
11.00 Inches (US)
2.2 Pounds (US)
$39.95 USD
v2.1 Reference

California Indian Baskets

San Diego to Santa Barbara and Beyond to the San Joaquin Valley, Mountains and Deserts

California Indian Baskets is lavishly illustrated in full color with rare baskets from the magnificent collections of the University of California, Harvard University, Smithsonian Institution, The British Museum, Madrid's Museo de America, Royal Museum of Scotland, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Southwest Museum and many other world-class museums and private collections. The vast majority of these rare baskets have never appeared in print before. Made possible in part through the support and vision of three California Indian tribes, this remarkable book is the result of decades of research by noted basketry scholar Ralph Shanks.

Expertly researched and well written, California Indian Baskets honors the achievements of the First Californians. The book illuminates Native American art, history, technology, population movements, cultural interactions, and native plant uses. The book demonstrates basketry studies can rank with archeology, linguistics and DNA research in understanding and appreciating Native American culture and history. This is especially true in California where baskets were central to daily life. It was through basketry that the most populous and linguistically diverse Native American population in the United States was able to create a highly productive economy and vibrant cultural life with no agriculture and very limited use of pottery. Native California was not "pre-agricultural," but rather a land where basketry was combined with native plant resources so successfully that agriculture was not needed.

About the Authors

Ralph Shanks is the author of the companion volume, Indian Baskets of Central California, and is president of the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin. Lisa Woo Shanks is editor of the Indian Baskets of California and Oregon series.

Reviews

"The Shanks have made another fine contribution to basket scholarship with this important and lovely book."—Bryn Barbara Potter, News from Native California, Winter 2010/2011

". . . packed with stunning color photographs, most shown for the first time. This book is a must-have for aficionados of native arts."—Steven Wayne Yvaska, Mercury News, December 2011

"The clear organization and numerous photographs make the book appealing to all readers."—Choice

Endorsements

"This is the outstanding new companion volume to Ralph & Lisa Shanks' acclaimed Indian Baskets of Central California. The authors once again provide an authoritative book, this time on the southern half of California, on an important American art form. Excellent photography and text."—Jonathan C. H. King, The British Museum
Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin

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