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Frederick J. Dockstader, former Director of the Museum of the American Indian, Heye foundation, New York, was a recognized authority on both the contemporary and historic cultures of the Indians of the Americas. He had lived and worked at length with Indian peoples and was himself a practicing artist and silversmith. A strong advocate of the increased recognition and appreciation of contemporary Indian arts, he was a former chairman of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board of the U. S. Department of the Interior. His books relate ancient art to present-day craftsmanship, with a firm and informed plea for the preservation of archaeological treasures and an appreciation of modern works.