Robert Painter,
The Native American Indian Artist Directory
(First Nations, 1998)

Did you ever wish you could locate a Native American artisan and get them to make something unique for you? Order a copy of The Native American Indian Artist Directory and you will have more than 2,100 artists from which to choose.

What do you seek: jewelry, silver, beadwork, Christmas ornaments, clothing, dolls, tiles, artwork, baskets, sculptures, carvings, furniture, kachinas, wall decor, rugs, blankets, metalwork, musical instruments, glassware, fetishes or some other type of art? All of these items and many more, such as masks and quilts, can be found through this directory. The listings provide the artist's name, address and contact information. The artists are arranged alphabetically in their tribal chapter. The tribes are also listed alphabetically, from Acoma to Zuni.

Each tribal chapter has directions for getting to their reservation or town. If you are planning a trip anytime soon, this book can help you locate an artist in almost any region.

If you know the name of an artist but not their tribe, you can flip to the second half of the book and find all the artists listed alphabetically.

The artists listed in this book are very receptive to the public, but please be respectful enough to call before driving up to their homes.

If your dream is to learn one of the Native American arts or crafts, you should begin with this book. For example, if you are interested in learning overlay silver, you could contact the Hopi Guild about their program for silversmiths.

If I have not already convinced you that The Native American Indian Artist Directory is a wonderful book to purchase, let me add that a portion of the purchase proceeds go to Futures For Children, an Albuquerque, New Mexico, program that works with Native American children throughout their area.

book review by
Alicia Karen Elkins

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