"The most fascinating and instructive book on the subject of Indians that I have read since my early studies of Catlin . . . a perfect guide book to Boy Scouts and others . . . " -- Sir Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scout Movement Befriended in his boyhood by an Indian who made him his first bows and arrows, Julian Harris Salomon developed a lifelong interest in North American Indian crafts and lore. His extensive research yielded this fascinating, invaluable book, a copiously illustrated volume covering not only the practical and ceremonial uses of Indian artifacts, but also complete, easy-to-follow instructions for their reproduction.
Readers can learn how to make an eagle-feather bonnet like those worn by Plains Indian warriors, plus moccasins, beaded wampum belts, and other ceremonial and everyday clothing. Additional projects include patterns for making tipis, wigwams, and bows and arrows. Also here are numerous methods of fire building; instructions for a variety of games, including lacrosse; and a detailed section on recreating ritual events, with words and music for traditional songs, diagrams of dance steps, and directions for making such musical instruments as drums, rattles, and bone whistles.
Teachers, as well as camp and scout leaders, will welcome the tremendous variety of instructive activities and crafts in this book, while its easy-to-follow directions and abundant illustrations make it the perfect guide for children wishing to create their own Indianstyle artifacts. Anthropologists and other readers interested in Native American culture will also prize this volume for its wealth of well-researched information.