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Art Cradle Boards Leather Crafting
Basket Making Craft Lore Masks
Beading Craft Kits Pottery
Bow Making Feather Making Sewing
Carving Flint Knapping Stencils
Clothing - Regalia General Crafts Tanning
  Gourd Making Weaving

 

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  CARVING  

CP 840 - CARVING THE NATIVE AMERICAN FACE by Terry Kramer

A step by step guide for the carver to create realistic Native American faces. 8.5 X 11, 64 pgs., full color photographs, paperback. $ 14.95 + s/h 

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  CRADLE BOARDS  

WH - 194-X BRAVE HEARTS THEIR CRADLES

By Richard Janulewicz   

A beautiful pictorial of cradleboards from 10 cultural areas with 83 tribal cradles shown with a discussion of the materials used. A must for collectors. 184 pp, 93 color and 91 b&w photos, index, biblio.

194-X Paper: $35.99 + s/h

 

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  FEATHER MAKING  

CP - 626  THE ART OF SIMULATING EAGLE FEATHERS  NEW!

With step-by step descriptions and color photos the author shares more than 20 years of experience in creating imitation Golden and Bald Eagle feathers which can be used in place of the real thing. All of the materials used are easy to obtain. The feathers are perfect for headdresses, bustles, scalp-locks roach feathers, decorations, etc. where the now illegal eagle feathers were traditionally used. 8 1/2 x 11, 32 pgs., color illus., materials list, paperback.  $ 11.95 + s/h

     
     
  GENERAL CRAFTS  

CP667- MEDICINE WHEELS 

By Virginia Tucker  

Learn to make over 30 legendary American Indian accessories. Fun and easy to use. Profusely illustrated.  $ 29.95  + s/h   

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CP005- ARTS AND CRAFTS OF THE CHEROKEE 

by Rodney Leftwich

For centuries the Cherokee people have been renowned for their fine craft work. Presented here are examples of Cherokee baskets, pottery, woodcraft, beadwork, and more. Text describes the methods and techniques Cherokee craftsmen use.  $ 12.95 + s/h

     

CP 092 -  NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN DESIGNS FOR ARTISTS AND CRAFTSPEOPLE  $ 12.95 + s/h

 

     

CP TR-12 -  NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN DESIGNS IRON ON TRANSFER PATTERNS

Versatile transfer patterns adapted from 118 authentic Indian motifs ranging from abstract designs to depictions of human, animal and mythical figures, totem poles and other cultural and religious symbols.  Patterns vary in size and shape and are ideal for use in embroidery, fabric painting, wood burning and other crafts.  With easy-to-follow instructions.  $ 9.95 + s/h

 

     

CP 034 -  AUTHENTIC INDIAN DESIGNS 

by Maria Naylor
Largest collection anywhere: 2,500 authentic illustrations of bowls, bottles and pipes; geometric and floral patterns on beadwork, pictographs, symbolic tipi decorations, masks, basket weaves, Hopi katchina figures, Zuni and Navaho sand paintings, totem poles, hide paintings, much more. 219 pages, paperback. 8 1/8" x 11".

On Sale: Was $ 23.95

Now only 18.95 + s/h

     

CP 569 -  SYMBOLS OF NATIVE AMERICANS

Hundreds of illustrations show the fascinating origins and meanings of 300 symbols and signs used by the Native American tribes. They were found in pottery, clothing, masks, shields, totems and almost all thier articles of everyday use. 5.5 X 8, 478 pages, well illustrated paperback.  $16.95 + s/h

     

CP 147 -  INDIAN DESIGNS

This collection of 48 large Indian designs, developed by cultures centuries old, can be used for ceramics, scout projects, metal work, carving, and weaving.  $ 10.95 + s/h

     
  FLINT KNAPPING  

OS09425- FLINTKNAPPING: The Art of Making Stone Tools

By Paul Hellwig

Extensive how-to section with photos and drawings. The history of flint knapping and various types of stones are discussed in detail. $ 29.95 + s/h

     

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CP499 - ART OF FLINT KNAPPING 

by David Christopher Waldorf

With a good mixture of pictures, charts, diagrams and text the author teaches the reader the art of flint working with flint.  All stages of collecting flint, preparing tools, reduction strategies, and knapping are covered.  Probably the best book available on the subject.  8.5" X 11", 76 pages.  Illustrated.  Paperback. $17.95   SOLD OUT  If you want this book, send us an email

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CP - V499 - ART OF FLINT KNAPPING 

by David Christopher Waldorf

VHS video version of the book. $24.95 + s/h

     
  GOURD MAKING  

CP573- COMPLETE BOOK OF GOURD CRAFT 

by Ginger Summit and Jim A Widess
22 Projects * 55 Decorative Techniques * 300 Inspirational Designs. "...gourds with brightly painted faces and figures recently have become popular items at craft sales....This book covers growing, harvesting, and curing as well as crafting and finishing....[Gourds] can be cut, incised, painted, and embellished....presented by experienced gourd crafters, cover all techniques of dealing with gourds."--Library Journal. 8 1/2
X 10. (all in color), 144 pages, Paperback. $ 19.95 + s/h

     

OS08069- GOURD CRAFTS FOR THE FIRST TIME 

by Marilynn Host
Decorating gourds is everybody's favorite craft, as you'll see from the more than two-dozen varied projects shown here. A handy guide tells you where to find, buy, and prepare gourds, and how to decorate them with leather-dye, egg-dye, paint, shoe polish, découpage, airbrushing, waxed linen, dyed raffia, and beads. Hundreds of projects. 8 1/2
X 10. all in color, 112 pages, Hardbound.  $ 19.95 + s/h

     

OS08069- GOURDS IN YOUR GARDEN By Ginger Summit
Whether you're a seasoned gardener enchanted with gourds' lush vines and unusually shaped fruit or a crafter in search of the perfect gourd for a specific project, this easy-to-use primer takes the mystery out of growing them. Largely ignored by most gardening books, gourd plants require specific attention to produce healthy vines and satisfactory fruit. Learn how to: identify popular gourd shapes; plan and cultivate your garden
grow, train, and harvest a bountiful crop; control pests and disease with natural remedies; prepare your gourds for use--in recipes and art projects. Gardeners-and crafters: take the mystery out of growing gourds! Paperback, 128pp
$ 19.95 + s/h

     
  LEATHER CRAFTING  

CP 871 - LEATHER CRAFTING  NEW!

Contains what supplies you need for leather crafting and skills such as cutting, finishing edges, rubber stamping, tooling, and setting metal hardware. Also includes a huge leather project section on home décor, jewelry, tabletop and desk accessories, journals, purses and totes. Easy to follow projects for the beginner. 8 1/2 X 10, 128 pages, full page color photographs, popular designs, paperback. $ 19.95 + s/h

     
  MASKS  
CP754- CHEROKEE MASKS
Long ago Cherokee told stories in dance. They wrapped themselves in colorful blankets and wore masks to represent people, feelings, and animals that shared their world. The masks had exaggerated features such as extra-long noses, big bushy eyebrows, or horns to represent characters in the stories. The most popular Cherokee masks are represented here for children to color and do lessons in matching, mazes, completing sentences, connecting dots, counting, spelling, and more. For ages 5-8 years. 32 pp. 8 1/2
x 11. $ 5.95 + s/h
     
  POTTERY  
OS087961- MAKING NATIVE AMERICAN POTTERY
Michael Simpson tells in easy-to-understand steps, according to traditional methods, how to gather and process clay, form several types of Native American pots, make designs and finishes, slip and decorate, and burnish and fire pottery without using a kiln. Simpson (part Cherokee and Yakima) was taught by Doris Blue, a Catawba master potter. Fully illustrated with color and black and white photographs.
$ 14.95 + s/h
     
  SEWING  

CP 589 - NATIVE AMERICAN CROSS STITCH 

by Julie Hasler
Original designs from every corner of the Amerindian nations are skillfully adapted to make up a range of projects for the home, including a rug based on a Navajo pattern and a bed throw adapted from sand painting pictures. Authentic items to make include a sun catcher and a Cree bag, detailed pictures capture scenes from traditional life. 128 pages Paperback. 0.31" x 10.86" x 8.18". 
$ 23.95  + s/h 

     
  TANNING  

WH-590-0 Indian Rawhide: An American Folk Art
by Mable Morrow

First published in 1975 and last available in 1993, this definitive study has long been the primary resource on the unique American Indian art form of parfleche production.  This book includes detailed discussions on methods of preparation, tool usage and tribal decorations and is essential for anyone interested in collecting or reproducing rawhide containers. Of special interest is a chart of parfleche design characteristics, so that articles can be identified according to tribe or area. Includes 55 photographs, 80 color pattern designs, 74 drawings. 256 pages. Softcover. $ 29.50 + s/h

     

CP 261 - HOW TO TAN SKINS THE INDIAN WAY 

by Evard H. Gibby, Montejon and Monte Smith  

This exciting Eagle's View publication explains everything you ever wanted to know about brain tanning as it was done by Native Americans. Brain tanning is the process of mechanically separating the fibers of the hide, lubricating them with oils from the brain tissue and making them water resistant by the application of smoke. It is the ideal method for home tanners.   This fully illustrated book features clear, simple, step-by-step instructions for tanning all kinds of skins, with and without the hair. Methods described include: making buckskin (including fleshing, removing the hair, braining the skin, and breaking and drying the skin); tanning rabbit and sheepskins with the hair or fur on; and smoking the skins. Techniques for making rabbit skin ropes and rabbit rope blankets and a special section on primitive clothing are also provided. The appendices contain information on constructing many of the tools used and suggestions on tanning without brains. Brain tanned leather is far superior to chemically tanned leather for use in native American crafts such as beading and porcupine quillwork, or any work which requires stitching on leather.  The high cost of brain tanned leather makes learning the technique a very attractive alternative. This book will be invaluable to anyone interested in traditional skills of the American Indian or survival skills, and to those who enjoy making and wearing their own craftwork.  Soft Cover, 28pp ON SALE - WAS $16.95 NOW ONLY $12.95 + s/h

WEAVING 

OS157178-  NAVAJO WEAVING TRADITION 

by Alice Kaufman & Christopher Selser
This is the definitive book on Navajo textile art, presenting the stunning artistry of esteemed Navajo weavers in over 200 beautiful color plates and historical halftones. Art collectors value not only the beauty of these weavings but also their investment potential, which has risen sharply in recent years. Navajo textiles are outstanding examples of both historic and contemporary primitive art, avidly sought after and collected for more than two hundred years. Back in print after two years, The Navajo Weaving Tradition is a detailed history of this unique art form. 140 pp, 8 ½ x 11, 200 color photos. Soft Cover  $ 39.95 + s/h

     

 

  CRAFT KITS  

CP K-BL AMERICAN INDIAN BEAD LOOM KIT  NEW!

Complete with loom, beads, thread, needles, pattern and graph paper for doing one's own beaded headbands, belts, bracelets and other items. Loom is made of durable metal with large 6" X 2.5" beading area  Strips of any length are easily made. Instructions are fully illustrated.  $15.95 + s/h

     

CP FW- FINGER WEAVING KIT

All you need to get started the easy way is included with this kit. Turn your finger weaving crafts fun into profits at powwows and other events. $ 9.95 + s/h

     

CP K-Bas  CHEROKEE DOUBLE WALL BASKET KIT     NEW!

Kit with #2 round reed and #2 smoked reed.  This wonderful basket kit is a popular design: easy, fun and woven in two shades of red. Measures approximately 6" wide and 4" tall. Ages 6 and up.  $ 29.95 + s/h

     

 

 

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