Book Description

From Library Journal Hopi Indian Kachina dolls have evolved from a primitive religious symbol into a modern art form. Tracking this transition, Teiwes covers the history and cultural background of the Hopi Indians and their Kachina dolls, then turns to modern techniques and biographies of some contemporary Hopi artists. The author's admitted weakness in history shows in an uneven, choppy chapter, with frequent references to authorities. Nothing new is offered. The book is heavily illustrated, but the captions are ponderous, even longer than the text on the page. Still, the central color plates are particularly beautiful, and the book ends with quick and concise biographies of 27 Hopi artists. This specialized source is recommended for collections on American Indian or Southwest art.- Karen Ellis, Victoria P.L., Tex.Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Read more Review 'This is not just another book about those cute but expensive dolls sold throughout the Southwest. Teiwes provides good background then proceeds into detail about recent developments in carving technique.' ?Books of the Southwest 'Teiwes is foremost a photographer, and her images of the artists at work and of the kachina sculptures are extraordinary. . . . Provides an excellent understanding of the secular contexts of contemporary Hopi kachina wood sculpture.' ?American Indian Culture and Research Journal 'Provides a clear example, easily grasped by most readers, of how Native Americans, even members of tribes rooted in centuries of tradition, adapt to modern technologies and opportunities.' ?Choice 'This book will be of great value in furthering our understanding of Hopi culture, for stimulating a rethinking of ethnic art, and for opening new horizons in the anthropology of tourism.' ?Asian Folklore Studies 'This book merits the attention of collectors and others enchanted by these works of art. . . . A pleasure to read.' ?Utah Historical Quarterly 'Absorbing reading for art lover and novice alike.' ?Chronicle-Journal/Times-News (Canada) Read more See all Editorial Reviews