This book played a huge part in my childhood. It was probably the most leafed-through book in my house. The last I remember it was so tattered by use that I dared not pick it up.
My parents had no idea at their wedding in 1950, that they would spend the first year of their married life in New Mexico. The Korean War recalled my father back into the Air Force, where he was the only PFC in the management offices of Kirkland Air Force Base in Albuquerque.
They both developed an interest in Indian culture. One of their neighbors was the son of the chief of the Jemez Pueblo tribe a short distance west of the city. My parents were invited to a number of tribal ceremonies and became good friends of the prince and his wife, a Bostonian. I suspect that it was the friendship that stimulated their interest in Indian lore, and it’s probably when they bought that copy of Indian Crafts and Lore.
I thought about that book many times since and several times, I looked for a copy on eBay and Amazon. The last time, a couple of weeks ago, I found it on Amazon. Leafing through, I can recall studying every picture and every description.