Het Prentenboek is an extensive reference for adults on the footprints of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates found in northwest Europe. In the 452-page book, the prints of more than 100 species are treated with more than 700 photographs and over 350 drawings. Het Prentenboek was created by René Nauta and Aaldrik Pot. They have been working on it for more than three years, but actually it has more than forty years of experience in the search for prints and traces.
This book is for anyone who has looked at artifacts from the Northwest Coast in a museum and wondered: "How were these made?" "What was their function?" "How were they used?" Hilary Stewart lifts artifacts out of their isolation in a glass case and puts them into the context of the life of early native people on the coast. Archaeological excavations, or "digs, " have unearthed an array of ancient artifacts. While items made of perishable materials such as wood, bark and hide usually decayed over time, many objects of stone, bone, antler and shell have been found. In clear, easy to read text and over 1000 illustrations and 50 photos, Hilary Stewart depicts a wide range of artifacts. These tools, weapons, hunting and fishing gear, household and ceremonial items and ornaments reveal much about a people's way of life: how they fed, clothed, adorned and housed themselves; their technologies, skills and art; their trading and travelling patterns.
From the giant cedar of the rainforest came a wealth of raw materials vital to the way of life, art and culture of the early First Nations people of the Northwest Coast. All parts of the cedar tree had many uses. From the wood, skilled men made ocean-going canoes, massive post-and-beam houses, monumental carved poles that declared history, rights and lineage, and powerful dance masks. Women dextrously wove the inner bark into mats and baskets, plied it into cordage and netting or processed it into soft, warm, water-repellent clothing. They also made the strong withes into heavy-duty rope and wove the roots into watertight baskets. Hilary Stewart explains, through her vivid descriptions, 550 detailed drawings and 50 photographs, the tools and techniques used, as well as the superbly crafted objects and their uses - all in the context of daily and ceremonial life. Anecdotes, oral history and the accounts of early explorers, traders, missionaries and native elders highlight the text.
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Books, I love them! They can give so much depth to the skills you're trying to master. During or after each lesson or training at Living by Nature or Siegurd.nl, for example, I ask the instructor to be able to recommend books to me. Especially those who deal with the subject on which is taught. For me, books are never a substitute for a good lesson or the experimental learning [...]