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Pow Wow Dancers & Crafters Handbook

North American tribes from coast to coast are celebrating their continuing native heritage with frequent powwows, where the people gather for camping, singing, feasting and dancing. Crowds come from near and far, often from around the world, some wearing family heirloom costumes, while others dress in the latest native and non-native fashion.
This book id filled with photographs showing pow-wows and dance costumes over the past 100 years, accompanied by written histories and first-hand accounts. Numerous pen and ink drawings illustrate many of the items worn with pow-wow costumes, including information on how they are made. Dancers, craft workers and historians will study these pages with a magnifying glass to learn more details about the American continents pow-wow life.

MOUNTAIN HOME

Tales of seeking a Family Life in Harmony with Nature

This is Adolf Hungry Wolf’s 50th book, written in his 50th year. Twenty-five years ago he first published GOOD MEDICINE: Life in Harmony with Nature, which has sold over 100,000 copies in several languages and editions. Widely reviewed, that homespun primer of native and outdoor spiritual philosophy touched the lives of many readers in positive ways, providing sort of a “Wish List” for those seeking a back-to-the-land kind of life.
Now with 25 years of experience in actually trying to live a more nature-friendly life, the author recounts the highlights and disappointments with a series of fireside tales about wild animals, family pets, simple housing, natural foods - and the daily challenges of raising and home schooling four children in a wilderness setting without phone, TV, electricity or running water.

INDIAN TRIBES of the NORTHERN ROCKIES

The main purpose of this book is to present a volume of cultural information and historical facts about several neighbouring tribes living in and around the rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Alberta and Montana. It is especially intended as a handy reference for younger members of those tribes, who see a lot of educational material about the rest of the world, but not so much about their own.
A second purpose is to provide important and interesting historical material about these tribes to the general public, to encourage better understanding and greater respect towards the native people of this land.
The heritage of these tribes is much too great and complicated to cover in a single book, especially one of this size. Readers are encouraged to seek out volumes listed in the bibliographies for further study and information.

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Blackfoot Craftworker’s Book

This book is dedicated to all those people, past and present, who have helped to keep alive the traditions of Blackfoot craft work. Especially prominent during the last fifty years has been Nora Spanish, who made a full-time occupation out of teaching and encouraging traditional arts and crafts. In 1963 she helped found the blackfeet Craft Shop, a cooperative that has sustained several generations of Blackfoot craft workers by supplying them with craft materials, and with a good outlet for selling what they did not keep for their own use. She encouraged the passing on of craft work skills and traditions from elderly people of the Buffalo Days to young people of the Space Age.

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Traditional Dress

On the cover: Jack Red Cloud - Son of Oglala Sioux Head Chief, Red Cloud:
“I want you to look me in the face, and I hope the Great Heavenly Father, who will look down upon Us, will give All the tribes His Blessing, that we may go forth in peace, and live in peace all our days, and that He will look down upon Our Children and finally lift Us far above this Earth, and that Our Heavenly Father will look upon Our Children as His Children and that all the Tribes may be His Children... We have assembled here today as chiefs from all over the land, we eat the bread and meat together, we Smoke the pipe of Peace, and we shake the Hand of Peace. And now we go out as one Chief, and I hope we shall be as Brothers and Friends for all our lives and separate with kind hearts.”
So spoke young Red Cloud at a council of many chiefs, in Montana in 1909. He was photographed there by the councils originator - Rodman Wannamaker.

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Children of The Circle

The tribes to which the children pictured in this book belong happen to be geographically located in a loose circle around Western North America. There is no real explanation for this - that’s just the kind of photos that we'd ended up with - yet, the circle is a most important spiritual and cultural symbol to life in traditional Native America, from which these scenes all come.
Circle of the Sun, Circle of the Moon, Circle of the Universe. Native philosophy says all life goes around in a circle, beginning with birth, changing through the seasons, always ending in death, from which will spring new life.

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TEACHINGS OF NATURE

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A GOOD MEDICINE COLLECTION

“A volume filled with legends, lore and spiritual seeking of North America’s native people... From portraits of tribal life to instructions and pattern making tipis, moccasin and beadwork. The book’s theme is a Oneness with the Universe - a path all people of goodwill can follow to live closer in harmony with nature.”
Contains part of the original series of Good Medicine cultural handbooks, first published in 1969, often reprinted, as reviewed in The Mother Earth News, East-West Journal, Canadian Whole Earth Almanac, and the Toronto Star.
Illustrated with rare old photographs, designs and drawings.
Adolf Hungry Wolf is the author of many books about Indian cultures, out-door living, railway history and folklore.

LEGENDS TOLD BY THE OLD PEOPLE

In the Old Days the often-long season of Winter was a time spent mostly indoors, around a central fireplace, whether the home was a tipi, an Earth lodge, or an igloo. The men were often gone hunting, raiding, or taking care of the Horses. The women were kept busy cooking, sewing, and hauling wood and water. So, it was often left for the Old People in the Home - grandfather, or an old aunt - to watch the children and entertain them. They played games, learned songs, and practiced skills that the parents were busy doing. But, as with children everywhere, the favorite pastime was listening to the old Ones’ stories - real or imaginary.
The following stories are a random selection of the countless numbers that have been recorded from some of those old People. Miles of paper could be filled with more - the ones that follow are just some Good Medicine favorites. So, put another chunk of wood in your stove, turn up your lamps so you can see good, and gather your Family around You. Read these stories aloud. You may become inspired to make up some stories of Your Own. And have a pleasant evening.

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