“Prehistoric Textiles of the Southwest” by Kate Peck Kent

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This hardcover book donation Prehistoric Textiles of the Southwest was written by Kate Peck Kent.

About the book and author:

In this definitive study of prehistoric textiles, Kate Peck Kent traces the history of weaving in the southwest long before the Spanish conquest. She has recorded and examined thousands of woven articles – archeological finds – all the evidence available to her in museum collections and published reports. Her research will interest many more than those who who think of of southwest weaving as synonymous with Navajo weaving. the author illuminates the antecedents of Navajo weaving as she follows the course of the indigenous tradition back through the arts of the early pueblo Indians, the basket makers, and the Mogollon peoples. We are led through the “Gran Chichimeca” to the roots of southwestern weaving in the textile arts of the high cultures of Mexico, Central America and Peru………”

Kate Peck Kent (1914-1987)

Kate Peck Kent was born in 1914. She was an anthropology professor at the University of Denver from 1951 until she retired in 1978. She was a well-known expert on Native American textiles in the southwest. She was also interested in cross-cultural comparison of textile production methods.

She received a grant from the university’s school for international studies and went to places like Ghana, Togo, and Nigeria on her visits to West Africa. In those cities were weaving and dyeing centers, which were of great interest to her, since that was her area of study. She was interested in the production techniques and craft organization of the West African textiles as well. While she was in West Africa, she purchased several objects for the Denver University Museum of Anthropology. She wanted to use them for teaching with her focus of research on the weaving and dyeing techniques. She was mostly interested in what she thought was the most important part about the textiles, which was how they are made. She had many pieces that were unfinished and many tools and samples of raw material to show more things about the techniques.

Kent was also a research associate at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was also named a Weatherhead Resident Scholar at The School of American Research. Her research topic there which had resulting publications from the fellowship was “Southwestern Indian Weaving”.

Kate Peck Kent died in 1987.

This book starts used around $85 and new at $350.

ISBN 10: 0826305911 / ISBN 13: 9780826305916

Published by School of American Research / University of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe / Albuquerque, 1983

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