"This document, a preliminary classification of antique Wabanaki beadwork, has been prepared to assist Wabanaki groups and individuals in understanding the beadwork designs once practiced by their ancestors. The time may be coming when modern or future craftspeople will need these data to resurrect the ancestral styles, and then move beyond the traditional to developing new designs and interpretations. Unfortunately, except for early "double scroll" beadwork there is little Wabanaki Beadwork on display or in publication. Indeed, some of it, especially the mid 20th century "pan-Indian" styles are being scorned and even discarded by their owners as this is written. Wabanaki Beadwork 1850-2000 is meant to showcase heretofore unpublished examples from an admittedly small collection of beaded items and imagery of beadwork being worn. It also attempts to organize these collections in a meaningful way that offers a preliminary stylistic and, to a certain extent, temporal (dating), classification."
Wabanaki Beadwork 1850 - 2000. Part 1, 13 pages
Wabanaki Beadwork 1850 - 2000. Part 2, 15 pages
Wabanaki Beadwork 1850 - 2000. Part 4. 12 pages.
Wabanaki Beadwork 1850 - 2000. Part 5. 8 pages.
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