Adair, John, 1913-. The Navajo and Pueblo silversmiths

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Title: The Navajo and Pueblo silversmiths

Published By: Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1944. xvii, 220 p.: [incomplete] ill., map

By line: [by] John Adair

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Navajo (NT13)

Subjects: Comparative evidence (171); History (175); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Recreational and non-therapeutic drugs (276); Ornament (301); Jewelry manufacture (306); Smiths and their crafts (326); Special tools (413); Incorporeal property (424); Borrowing and lending (426); Price and value (435); Exchange transactions (437); Retail marketing (443); Division of labor by gender (462); Animal transport (492); Decorative art (531); Accumulation of wealth (556); Magical and mental therapy (755); Purification and atonement (783); Revelation and divination (787); Independence training (866);

Abstract: As Clyde Kluckhohn points out in his introduction, this book will be of interest to both the specialist scholar and the 'layman of broad interests.' The author spent two years studying Navajo and Pueblo silver work, both in the museums and private collections and on the reservations. He was an anthropologist whose attention was given not only to the history and technology of the art, but also to the economic role played by the industry in the life of the tribe and the personal role played by the art in the life of the smith himself. In the course of the latter, Adair covers the means by which a smith learns his craft, the people to whom he sells his work, and the aesthetic standards of the ethnic group. For the purposes of the Navajo file, the material relating purely to the Pueblo silver-work craft has been omitted, except in cases where references or comparisons are made to that of the Navajo.

Document Number: 90

Document ID: nt13-090

Document Type: Component part(s), monograph

Language: English

Note: This document consists of excerpts. Glossary of Navajo terms connected with the silver-work craft is indexed for subject 104. The 'Tom' referred to in the text is Tom Burnsides, data on whom is indexed for subject 115.

Field Date: 1938

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Katchen S. Coley ; 1951

Coverage Date: ca. 1850-1940

Coverage Place: Navajo Reservation, Arizona, New Mexico, United States

LCSH: Navajo Indians


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