Full-colour photographs illustrate the rich art of Native American beadwork in this combination practical how-to and coffee-table book. A historical perspective explains how and why beadwork is produced and what techniques are popular today. Clear and concise directions show how to produce beadwork in the Native American tradition, including lane stitch, loom, applique, gourd stitch, and Comanche brickwork. An illustrated gallery showcases historical and contemporary beadwork. Also included is information on research, tools, and materials.
David Dean, of Native American (Choctaw) and European heritage, developed his interest in Native beadwork and culture as a child, learning beadwork from older relatives and older women from many different tribes. Dean has been producing Native American crafts for more than 30 years, and is a noted bead worker and fan maker.