BASKETRY AS METAPHOR: Arts and Crafts of the Desana Indians of the Northwest Amazon (Occasional Papers of the Museum of Cultural History, Number 5).
Edition: First printing in wrappers.
Los Angeles: University of California Los Angeles, Museum of Cultural History, (1985.). First edition - The first extensive study of the basketry of the Tukanoans of the Columbian northwest Amazon region, a study undertaken in the 1960's when the impact of outside civilization had not yet been so damaging to the traditional culture. This focuses not on the utilitarian aspects of baskets, but on the connections with their myths, religion, and historical traditions. A lovely book, illustrated with a frontispiece, a map and 22 other figures showing design elements and 76 black and white photographs, showing the process of creating the baskets and details of the baskets themselves. Notes. Bibliography. Large format measuring 11 inches tall by 8.5 inches. 96 pp. ISBN: 0-930741-03X.
Condition: Fine in stiff illustrated beige and terra cotta covers. (a new copy.)