Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian

The collection of the National Museum of the American Indian represents a staggeringly wide range of peoples, eras, and artifacts. Looking back some 13,000 years, the Museum has gathered objects representing native cultures from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic. This is truly an INFINITY OF NATIONS (Smithsonian, $29.99), and this handsome volume, edited by the Museum’s associate curator, Cécile R. Ganteaume, has made it both accessible and fascinating. Considering its subject-stretch region by region, the book has enlisted experts to lay out the history, cultures, geography, and other significant factors of each one. This textual mosaic is gorgeously illustrated with more than 200 lush color photographs of items in the Museum’s holdings, from bark masks and ceremonial shields to baskets and baby carriers, often accompanied by pictures of the objects in use.