This book explores the individual expression of Native American tribes through their artwork. Pictures are included of various pieces of art – pottery, totem poles, baskets, etc. – as well as explanations of their function in their creators’ lives. Also pointed out is how art varied from tribe to tribe depending on the tribe’s location and livelihood.
Totem poles are mentioned as being “in the shape of a strange-looking animal, bird or creature,” and being “a kind of family crest” that “identified that family, brought good luck, and kept away evil.” [pg. 28] An accompanying illustration is included which show people wearing masks that are indeed strange-looking and even a little frightening.
The Indians are illustrated as Indians are wont to be illustrated –that is with minimal amounts of clothing.
Conclusion. An alright book.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret