Chapters are divided by geographic region, and then alphabetically by tribe. Categories of dress include accessories, hairstyles, face and body embellishment, footwear, special costumes, armor and men’s and women’s basic dress. Many photographs are included to illustrate the rich tradition of Native American dress.
Unique in scope, this reference work includes information on the repatriation of Native American human remains and tribal objects, and the preservation of tribal sacred places. Also discussed are revival movements to preserve sacred sites, the retention of song and dance traditions and the maintenance of Native languages.
The American Memory Project Website describes Edward Curtis’ 20 volume work as “one of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced” Also available online through Northwestern University at http://curtis.library.northwestern.edu/
This is an extensive multivolume reference work that provides comprehensive information divided according to region. Also includes special volumes dedicated to Indian-White relations and native languages.