Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing, and Costume
For Wabanakis, textiles have long been a rich and important medium. They record how, beginning in the seventeenth century, an indigenous people coped with a rapidly expanding alien culture that surrounded them. The Wabanakis defined their view of this new world through their clothing and costume. For all cultures, important occasions and life events demand special clothes that communicate messages to the viewer. By examining Wabanaki costume, including specific styles and decorative ornament, one can find information that illuminates the history of the Wabanakis, their means of communication, and the ways they coped with a rapidly changing world.
About the Authors
"As a museum anthropologist, a student of Eastern Woodlands ethnology, and a textile artist, I found Bourque and LaBar's book absolutely fascinating. Beautifully illustrated, their work provides an important contribution to the study of the material culture of the Eastern Woodlands' Native peoples."—Rhonda S. Fair, Museum Anthropology Review, Spring-Fall 2011
"In a remarkable display of indigenous textile technology and textile arts, Uncommon Threads shows how Native peoples of the Maritime Peninsula blended tradition and innovation to create enduring expressions of Wabanaki identity in a rapidly changing world."—Colin G. Calloway, Dartmouth College
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