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Sandals of the Basketmaker and Pueblo Peoples

Fabric Structure and Color Symmetry

Lynn Shuler Teague, Dorothy Koster Washburn

Publication Year: 2013

The decorated sandals worn by prehistoric southwesterners with their complex fiber structures and designs have been dissected, described, and interpreted for a century. Nevertheless, these artifacts remain mysterious in many respects. Teague and Washburn examine these sandals as sources of information on the history of the people known as the Basketmakers.

The unique sandals of early southwestern farmers appear in Basketmaker II and reach their greatest elaboration with the complex fabric structures and colorbanded designs of Basketmaker III. The appearance of this footwear coincides with the transition to fully sedentary maize agriculture. The authors address the origins of these sandals and what they may reveal about population movements onto and around the Colorado Plateau and about the cosmology of early farmers.

Published by: University of New Mexico Press

Front Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4


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pp. 5-7


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pp. vii-viii


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pp. ix-xii

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pp. xiii-xiv

Analysis of the sandals in this study was made possible by the generous assistance of many individuals and museums. We personally analyzed and photographed all the sandals at the museums where they are currently curated. Photographs of objects from the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology (Harvard University) ...

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pp. xv-xxiv

The sandals worn by Basketmaker and Pueblo peoples of the American Southwest have been studied, dissected, described, and interpreted for almost a century. Nevertheless, much about them remains unresolved. In their most elaborate form during the late Basketmaker period, ...

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1: Fabric Structures of Archaic, Basketmaker, and Pueblo Sandals

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pp. 1-36

Decorated Basketmaker sandals represent the convergence of several important traditions in the creation of fabric structures. The unique decorated sandals that resulted appeared at the time that the sedentary agricultural way of life became entrenched on the Colorado Plateau. ...

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2: The Color Geometry of Basketmaker and Pueblo Sandal Design

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pp. 37-52

In this book we have set out to explore the appearance during Basketmaker III of sandals that were made on a twined fabric structure and decorated with two-color geometric patterns that seemed to have no antecedents in the immediate Four Corners area where they were found. ...

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3: Color Metaphors in Basketmaker Sandal Design

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pp. 53-76

In this chapter we examine more broadly the presence and structure of pattern and color on woven fabrics in areas both within and adjacent to the Southwest in order to explore the antecedents, continuities, and innovations in the sandal traditions of the Basketmakers of the northern Southwest. ...

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4: Sandals and the People Who Wore Them

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pp. 77-94

The Basketmakers combined technological and ritual traditions from many sources to serve the needs of their new agricultural way of life. Their sandals reflect this centuries-long process. Our observation of the appearance of a two-color design system and a complex approach to fabric structure, both without obvious local antecedents, prompted this study. ...

Appendix One: Morris Classification of Basketmaker Decorated Sandals

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pp. 95-96

Appendix Two: Sandals in this Study

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pp. 97-122

Appendix Three: Pattern Symmetry in Basketmaker Decorated Sandals

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pp. 123-134


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pp. 135-146


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pp. 147-152

Back Cover

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pp. 178-178

E-ISBN-13: 9780826353313
Print-ISBN-13: 9780826353306

Page Count: 160
Publication Year: 2013

OCLC Number: 848919057
MUSE Marc Record: Download for Sandals of the Basketmaker and Pueblo Peoples

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  • Basket-Maker Indians -- Clothing.
  • Pueblo Indians -- Clothing.
  • Basket-Maker Indians -- Antiquities.
  • Pueblo Indians -- Antiquities.
  • Sandals, Prehistoric -- Southwest, New.
  • Southwest, New -- Antiquities.
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