Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry

Alexander Dawkins
  • Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry
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Indigenous hand-engraved jewelry from the Pacific Northwest Coast is among the most distinctive, innovative and highly sought-after art being produced in North America today. With a clearly written text, a foreword by award-winning Tlingit and Kwak'waka'wakw artist Corrine Hunt and more than one hundred striking color photographs and sidebars, this book offers an illuminating look at an exquisite craft and the context in which it is practiced.

Providing a step-by-step overview of various techniques, the book also introduces the specifics of formline design, highlights the traits of the most common animal symbols used, offers tips for identification and features biographies and works from over fifty of the Northwest Coast’s best-known jewelers. Finally, it delves into the history of the art form, from the earliest horn and copper cuff bracelets to cutting-edge contemporary works and everything in between.

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Understanding Northwest Coast Indigenous Jewelry