by Carrie Lyford
In the first half of the twentieth century, the Ojibwa (Chippewa) people of the western Great Lakes region still retainted many of their in traditional tribal ways of life - ways of life which included a wealth of ingenious and clever crafts based upon their understandings and use of natural local materials. With few tools but a long history, skilled artisans created the everyday articles needed for shelter, food preperations, clothing, and ceremonials; they also found time to make decorative items for exchange at trading posts or for sale to tourists who passed through their lands.
Carrie Lyford observed the tribes of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota and recorded this story of their material culture artifacts. This book, first published in 1943, inlcudes maple sugar making, wild rice harvesting, birch bark canoes and baskets, quill and beadwork (dozens of designs), hide tanning, native dyes and more.
Photographs are amplifies by verbal descriptions of the manufacture and use of the objects. Of particular interest to many scholars are the Ojibwa names given for most of these crafts. A splendid bibliography is appended as a guide for further study.Paperback, 216 pages.