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A Selected Bibliography of American Indian Folk Figures
By Marcia Muth

“…a brief introduction tells what a Kachina [doll] is both to the Native American and to the collector of their art. This book will be a positive addition to anyone interested in this important aspect of the American Southwest.” (Denver Westerners’ Roundup)

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Kachinas are supernatural beings from Indian religion and this selected bibliography lists over 100 references to magazine articles and books with information about them. Kachinas are often represented in carved and painted Indian dolls. The book contains an essay that explains the various aspects and meanings of the Kachina in Indian life and gives historical and philosophical background information. Eight full-page black and white drawings by New Mexico artist Glen Strock illustrate the text. Collectors will find this book invaluable and for the general reader it offers an introduction to a popular Indian art form and mythological figure.

Marcia Muth was a writer and an American folk artist. Even though she is internationally recognized as an artist—her paintings are in the permanent collections of several museums and in many private collections—poetry was her way of recording her life experiences since she was a child. “Poetry has served me well as a way to respond to people, places and events in the world. It is my second language,” she said. She was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1919 and grew up in Indiana and western New York State. She received degrees from the University of Michigan and lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is also the author of A World Set Apart, Memory Paintings; Writing and Selling Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Plays & Local History; How to Paint and Sell Your Art; Indian Pottery of the Southwest; Fake Ivory, Poems; Ma Frump’s Cultural Guide to Plastic Gardening which won a first place award in the 2008 New Mexico Book Awards; Post Card Views and Other Souvenirs, Poems; Thin Ice and Other Poems; Sticks and Stones and Other Poems, and Words and Images, Poems, all from Sunstone Press. Her biography, Left Early, Arrived Late, by Teddy Jones, was also published by Sunstone Press She has been named a Santa Fe Living Treasure in recognition of her many accomplishments.

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