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James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection, The: Selected Works
By Mark Andrew White, ed. University of Oklahoma Press. 240 pp. Index. $29.95.

Bialac recently bequeathed his art collection created by indigenous cultures across America in the 20th and 21st century to the Fred Jones Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma. A PhD program in Art History, the first in the country, will focus on Native art. Included in the four thousand piece collection are some 1000 kachinas, paintings, sculpture, pottery, basketry and more by well-known artisans such as Preston Singletary, Gerald Nailor, Allan Houser, and Fred Kaboti. Here is a whole museum in a book so a reader can browse and browse again to admire each and every item from a comfy armchair.
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This is a catalog of nearly 200 exceptional pieces of Native American art from a collection totaling about 4,000 items. The illustrations are in excellent color and range from paintings, drawings and prints to kachina dolls and other three-dimensional art. Six essays, including two by editor White, explain the building of the collection and its importance. []

Journey Around Our America, A: A Memoir of Cycling, Immigration, and the Latinoization of the U.S.
By Louis G. Mendoza. University of Texas Press. 218 pp. $25.00.

A man who didnít even own a bicycle when he decided to ride across America and back, shares his experiences with many ethnic groups along his route. Part four narrates his observations on the Southwest.
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