Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art houses more than 100,000 folk artifacts gathered by architect Alexander Girard during 50 years of global collecting, a passion he pursued well before folk art became widely collected. Indiana University professors of folklore Glassie and Monteaux ( Behind the Mask in Mexico ) here unveil what they consider to be the best of Girard's trove and trace its roots to far-flung artisans still living and working, from Turkish weaver Nezihe Ozkan to Irish flutist Peter Flanagan ("a poor farm laborer, a courtly gentleman, a wildly youthful old man"). The range of material is wide, taking in "utilitarian pottery in the North Carolina Piedmont," 19th-century English samplers, Rajasthani marionettes and Panamanian textiles. The book is as rich in its authoritative and anecdotal text as in its many color photographs, a study and a celebration compressed into a highly readable volume. Currently out of print, softcover, 276 pages.