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Antique Native American Basketry of Western North America: A Comprehensive Guide to Identification

John Kania
Alan Blaugrund
Photographs by Anthony Richardson

Selected by American Indian Art Magazine as one of the forty best publications on Native American Art in the last forty years.

This book is a comprehensive guide to the identification of antique Native American baskets, specifically from basket-making tribes of western North America. It is not a formal anthropology text but rather an organized compendium of information that blends previous anthropologic studies and the experience of the authors. The text defines how collectors, curators, dealers, auction personnel, and academics can systematically approach tribal identification of Native American basketry. It describes many Native American basket-making materials and techniques to aid the reader in accurate tribal attribution. This knowledge is sure to enhance the reader’s appreciation of this wonderful Native American art form.


John Kania obtained his BA in anthropology from the University of Minnesota. After moving to California, he became inspired by the rich body of Native American basketry produced by the numerous tribes in that state. He is the author of two articles on Chemehuevi basketry, which appeared in American Indian Art Magazine. In 1981 he opened a gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he continues to reside.

Alan Blaugrund is a retired dermatologist with degrees from Stanford University and Columbia University. He became interested in Native American basketry while doing his residency in Portland, Oregon. He has studied, collected, and enjoyed Native American basketry for over forty years and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Published By Coiled & Twined LLC

8.5 x 11 in. 312 pages 150 color photos, 21 maps, 30 tables