The Mystic Warriors of the Plains: The Culutre, Arts, Crafts and Religion of the Plains Indians

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Author: Mails, Thomas E (1920 - 2001)

Year: 1972

Publisher: Doubleday & Co

Place: Garden City


xvii+618 pages with 32 color plates, figures, maps, illustrations, bibliography and index. Folio (11 1/2" x 9 1/2") issued in brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover, embossed vignette to front cover. 1st edition.

From 1775 to 1875 the Indians of the Great Plains enjoyed the "golden period" of their tribal histories. Those 100 year the times of freedom, the buffalo hunt, inter-tribal wars, horse-raids, the Sun Dance, and the satisfying life in an environment to which the Indian people easily adapted. No single tribe or nation is singled out for comprehensive treatment; instead, Thomas Mails attempts to present a generalized narrative about the "life-way" of the plains warriors. He accepts the concept developed by anthropologists that the Indians of the plains developed a culture with many common characteristics, such as dependence upon the horse and buffalo, domination by warrior societies, material culture reflecting mobility, and important ceremonies exemplified by the Sun Dance. Linguistically, the plains Indians spoke a number of mutually unintelligible languages hence a sign language, understood by all the peoples of the plains, was developed for trade, political and diplomatic purposes.

Thomas E. Mails was a painter, illustrator and writer. He was born in California and studied at California College of Arts and Crafts and Luther Theological Sem., St. Paul. Mails is best known for painting and illustrating Indian culture and sketching in the Southwest. He collected Indian artifacts and authentically illustrated them in his paintings.


Previous owner's name on front wrapper. Jacket lacking front fold over flap, edge wear with chips, soiled, spine ends chipped, stain at spine head edge else a very good copy in a fair jacket.

SOLD 2015

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