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

by John Kania and Alan Blaugrund; photography by Anthony Richardson


If you have interest in learning more about Western American Indian basketry, this is the best book to use as reference! It is comprehensive, detailed very important book evaluating Western Native American Indian basketry from the 1880s, when the railroads first went West, through the 1930s, when the Great Depression halted tourist trade. 


Up until now, it has been a complex and challenging task for a collector to learn how to identify the origin, date, and method of weaving of Native American baskets. Authors Alan Blaugrund and John Kania provide methodology and detailed information that will now  help considerably. In addition, there are over 300 baskets featured in color plates from Blaugrund's personal collection, which is among the finest collections of baskets ever assembled. 


Includes 21 maps, 150 colored photographs, and diagnostic guides


Endorsement by Craig Bates, author of Tradition and Innovation: A Basket History of the Indians of the Yosemite-Mono Lake Area. Bates writes, "It is an astonishing compilation of information that every basket collector, dealer, or museum curator can benefit from. I like the organization of information for the various regions and the great diagnostic tables at the end, an easy to find reference."


I encourage you to purchase this book if you want to learn more about Western American Indian basketry! 


We have several signed copies available for purchase. This book is only available in hardback.




Dealer Marcy Burns American Indian Arts LLC
Date: copyright 2014
Origin Marquand Books, Seattle
Artist/Maker Alan Blaugrund and John Kania, authors
Measurements 8 7/8" wide x 11 1/4" long x
Inventory View Dealer's Inventory
Price $125. + $3.99 shipping
Contact Marcy Burns Schillay, 212-439-9257 or

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