Design and Pattern Books
by David and Jean Villasenor
Soft cover, 8.5" x 11", 48 pages, copyright 1983
Indian Designs by David and Jean Villasenor illustrates Native American pottery, basket and ceremonial designs which are primarily adaptations from the rich fabric of Acoma, Hopi, Hohokam, Miembres, and Navajo art and crafts of the southwestern United States. Several Central American designs of Aztec derivation are also presented. The inspirational and idea germinating designs in this book are readily adapted to silverwork and jewelry as well as beadwork, weaving, quilting, stitchery, fabric painting, clothing, doll and fetish making, and numerous other crafts projects. Brief explanations as to the cultural symbolism of many of these Native American designs is provided.
A Visitor's Companion
by Liz and Peter Welsh
Soft cover, 5.25" x 8.25", 167 pages, copyright 2009
In quiet alcoves, on windswept ridges, or beneath soaring cliffs, rock-art captures our imagination. What was the purpose of these intriguing markings? Who created them - and when? What do the designs signify?
Rock-Art of the Southwest: A Visitor's Companion guides you through the fascinating world of rock-art and shows you how to make your visits to rock-art sites more rewarding. You will discover how the designs were created and what is known about the people who made them.
A directory of 28 outstanding rock-art sites in seven states starts you on your journey. An informative resource guide directs you to Southwestern rock-art research centers and web sites, as will as to national and international rock-art organizations.
by Kent McManis
Soft cover, 8" x 9", 151 pages, copyright 2010
Zuni Fetishes & Carvings provides newly expanded, combined edition of the two most popular books on Zuni fetishes and carvings nationwide! These tiny, exquisite "charm stones" make up some of the most popular Native American art in North America. Now available in a single volume, Zuni Fetishes & Carvings offers the best general reference on the subject ever available to collectors. This new edition is fully illustrated with the work of nearly 700 carvers and catalogs more than 900 fetishes in full color.
How can fetishes help us in our daily lives? What does the bear represent? The frog? The eagle? What powers do they contain? What makes a fetish "speak" to a collector? In this deluxe edition, noted dealer in Native American art Kent McManis answers all these questions and many more. He presents the two major traditional types of fetishes: the protective/healing group and the hunting group. He describes the materials that Zuni artists carve today, such as turquoise, onyx, jet, mother-of-pearl, and Picasso marble, and shows the artist's fine techniques. He also introduces many skilled carvers - both acknowledged masters and newcomers to the craft - and includes hundreds of photos and newly updated family trees for the carvers.
In the section "The Power Of the Fetish" Kent McManis explains the fetish powers traditionally ascribed to mountain lions, bears, badgers, wolves, eagles, moles, coyotes, bobcats, frogs and turtles, snakes, owls and other birds, game animals, domesticated animals, local animals, non-local animals, corn maidens and maidens, and humans and miscellaneous figures. The section "Carving Materials" covers and is illustrated with fetishes carved from alabaster, serpentine, Picasso marble, jet, black marble, pipestone, turquoise and related minerals, dolomite, fluorite, miscellaneous stones, glass, shell, antler, horn, fossilized ivory, bone, and other organic materials.
Zuni Fetishes & Carvings is also a great motif and idea book for lapidaries and carvers who are interested in Zuni carving and would like to incorporate elements of their designs, techniques and materials into their own work.