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Native American Architecture

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For many people, Native American architecture calls to mind the wigwam, tipi, iglu, and pueblo. Yet the richly diverse building traditions of Native Americans encompass much more, including specific structures for sleeping, working, worshipping, meditating, playing, dancing, lounging, giving birth, decision-making, cleansing, storing and preparing food, caring for animals, ...more
Paperback, 431 pages
Published October 25th 1990 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1988)
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Sep 27, 2014 Dave rated it it was amazing
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The best book on primitive building techniques that I've found so far. And some of the photos are pretty awesome.
May 31, 2012 Theresa rated it it was amazing
This is a surprisingly thorough and detailed account of individual building architecture, sacred spaces, and village space design. It uses historical and archeological documentation as well as the authors experiences travelling across North America and interviewing native peoples and experiencing their traditional living styles. Lots of photos and drawings to help illustrate the concepts.
Oct 01, 2010 Liz rated it really liked it
What started out as a "Oh this looks good" to "Wow, this is really fantastic stuff". I checked out this book for a mapmaking project and was surprised at the level of detail in the culture, layout and photographs of the various structures in Native American tribes. Both living and sacred spaces are covered - definitely an excellent resource!
Mar 02, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Architects, architecture students. Those interested in native american history and ethnography
Recommended to Mike by: Leland Roth
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The written authority on Native American architecture.

There is no better source of information on ALL of the building forms native to North America. This history is particularly pertinent in a world where sustainable and contextually relevant architecture are becoming more and more important and en vouge.
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Mar 26, 2009 Olivia Arrow rated it it was amazing
Amazing photographs and descriptions of Native American structures. Quite fascinating. Maps of the regions and lists of tribes and languages as well.
Dec 07, 2013 Jessie rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating book.
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Peter Nabokov is professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA. His previous books include A Forest of Time, Native American Testimony, Native American Architecture (with Robert Easton), Indian Running, Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior, and Architecture of Acoma Pueblo
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