Much more than a milestone first book about Navajo beadwork. Moore's insight and sensitivity to Navajo culture, a gift for writing, excellent use of the thirty-eight color plates and twelve halftones to illustrate key issues, and solid anthropological research combine to shed light on Navajo beadworkers' thoughts, beliefs, sensitivities and attitudes toward the art they create.
—American Indian Culture and Research Journal
The narrative tacks back and forth from ethnographer's rigor to conversations recorded while drinking coffee in a warm kitchen in a way that allows us to enjoy learning about beadwork—posing questions as well as offering information.
—The (Santa Fe) New Mexican
A timely, indeed crucual, contribution to southwestern material culture studies. . . . [Moore's] book provides a refreshing and welcoming change.
—New Mexico Historical Review
The best book on the subject . . . [Moore's] description of how the artists see and explain their work is excellent.
—Harry Walters, Director, Ned A. Hatathli Museum, Diné College
Even more important than the actual beading is the analysis of the philosophy behind it. Moore has provided a clear synthesis of what the artist thinks about his or her creation.
—Robert McPherson, author of Navajo Land, Navajo Culture