Indian Rock Art of the Southwest


Author: Polly Schaafsma

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826309136

Category: Art

Page: 379

View: 4328

This comprehensive view of carvings and paintings on stone by Native Americans from 200 B.C. through the nineteenth century surveys the rock art of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, northern Mexico, and west Texas, providing an incomparable visual record of Southwest Indian culture, religion, and society. Rock carvings and paintings are important sources in the archaeological and historical interpretation of Southwest Indians. Rock art reflects the cosmic and mythic orientation of the culture that produced it, and understanding of prehistoric peoples, both hunters and gatherers and the Hohokam, Anasazi, Mogollon, and Fremont cultures, and the Pueblo, Navajo, and Apache Indians. Culturally significant events such as the shift in prehistoric times from spear and atlatl to the bow, or, in the historic period, the introduction of the horse into the Southwest, are recorded in rock art. The illustrations--thirty-two color plates, nearly 250 photographs, and numerous line drawings--bring together in one volume petroglyphs and rock paintings that are scattered over thousands of miles of desert and mesa, giving the reader an overview of Indian rock art that would be nearly impossible to achieve in the field. Indian Rock Art of the Southwestexamines from an archaeological perspective the rich legacy of stone drawings and carvings preserved throughout the Southwest. Professional and amateur archaeologists and historians, as well as the general reader with an interest in Indian art, will find this volume a valuable resource.

Guide to Rock Art of the Utah Region

Sites with Public Access


Author: Dennis Slifer

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

ISBN: 9781580960090

Category: Nature

Page: 245

View: 8942

"Dennis Slifer has done extensive field work to identify those sites suitable for public visitation. Complete with maps and directions, this book describes more than fifty sites with public access in Utah, the Arizona strip, southern Nevada, and the western edge of Colorado. Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, Guide to Rock Art of the Utah Region is a must for all rock art enthusiasts."--Jacket.

Traces of Fremont

Society and Rock Art in Ancient Utah


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art

Page: 132

View: 5833

Fremont is a culture (ca. 300-1300 A.D.) first defined by archaeologist Noel Morss in 1928 based on characteristics unique to the area. Intially thought to be a simple socio-political system, recent reassessments of the Fremont assume a more complex society. This volume places Fremont rock art studies in this contemporary context. Author Steven Simms offers an innovative model of Fremont society, politics, and world-view using the principles of analogy and current archaeological evidence. Simms takes readers on a trip back in time by describing what a typical Fremont "hamlet" or residential area might have looked like a thousand years ago, including the inhabitants' daily activities. Francois Gohier's captivating photographs of Fremont art and artifacts offer an engaging complement to Simms's text, aiding us in our understanding of the lives of these ancient people. Simms's book is excellent! I really like his take on Fremont, I like the narrative descriptions of various Fremont settlements, and I like his treatment of rock art--balanced and scholarly without losing the interest and excitement of that astonishing Fremont medium. --Stephen H. Lekson, professor of anthropology and curator, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Plains Indian Rock Art


Author: James D. Keyser,Michael A. Klassen

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295806842

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

View: 7436

The Plains region that stretches from northern Colorado to southern Alberta and from the Rockies to the western Dakotas is the land of the Cheyenne and the Blackfeet, the Crow and the Sioux. Its rolling grasslands and river valleys have nurtured human cultures for thousands of years. On cave walls, glacial boulders, and riverside cliffs, native people recorded their ceremonies, vision quests, battles, and daily activities in the petroglyphs and pictographs they incised, pecked, or painted onto the stone surfaces. In this vast landscape, some rock art sites were clearly intended for communal use; others just as clearly mark the occurrence of a private spiritual encounter. Elders often used rock art, such as complex depictions of hunting, to teach traditional knowledge and skills to the young. Other sites document the medicine powers and brave deeds of famous warriors. Some Plains rock art goes back more than 5,000 years; some forms were made continuously over many centuries. Archaeologists James Keyser and Michael Klassen show us the origins, diversity, and beauty of Plains rock art. The seemingly endless variety of images include humans, animals of all kinds, weapons, masks, mazes, handprints, finger lines, geometric and abstract forms, tally marks, hoofprints, and the wavy lines and starbursts that humans universally associate with trancelike states. Plains Indian Rock Art is the ultimate guide to the art form. It covers the natural and archaeological history of the northwestern Plains; explains rock art forms, techniques, styles, terminology, and dating; and offers interpretations of images and compositions.

Petroglyphs and Pictographs of Utah

The East and Northeast. Volume one


Author: Kenneth Bitner Castleton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780874808292

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

View: 5025

Profusely illustrated with photographs and drawings of hundreds of petroglyphs and pictographs across Utah, this volume covers the Capital Reef/Canyonlands area to the Uinta Mountains, and emphasizes art...

Rock Art in New Mexico


Author: Polly Schaafsma

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780890132326

Category: Art

Page: 175

View: 9815

Originally published in 1972, this edition of Rock Art in New Mexico was revised and updated in 1992. In it, Poly Schaafsma presents a corpus of rock art, with comment and descriptions, found in north-west New Mexico, southern New Mexico, the Upper Rio Grande, eastern New Mexico and the southern High Plains. Examples of rock art and petroglyophs are cited from prehistoric times to those created by the Anasazi, Apache and, most recently, the Spanish.

Storied Stone

Indian Rock Art in the Black Hills Country


Author: Linea Sundstrom

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806135960

Category: History

Page: 238

View: 3641

Provides a look at the history of the Black Hills country over the last ten thousand years through rock art, which illustrates the rich oral traditions, religious beliefs, and sacred places of the Lakota, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Mandan, and Hidatsa Indians who once lived there. Original

Sacred Images

A Vision of Native American Rock Art


Author: Leslie G. Kelen,David Sucec

Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers


Category: Art

Page: 112

View: 7396

For lovers of French decorating, this book reproduces some of the earliest toile designs from 18th-century France. Delicate flower prints, fun animal motifs, rich historic scenes, and complex architectural patterns are just some of the subjects reproduced here in rich color. The patterns in Toiles de Jouy are reproduced from an antiquarian book containing 50 plates of French toile fabric and wallpaper patterns. The range of colors is astounding and illustrates that toiles aren't always simply one color on a neutral ground. Some of the most fascinating were designed originally in multiple colors. A new introduction and stories about the toile patterns give decorators, home designers and Francophiles information about toiles that they've never seen before.

The Archaeology and Rock Art of Swordfish Cave


Author: Clayton G. LeBow,Douglas R. Harro,Rebecca L. McKim

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781607814573

Category: History

Page: 224

View: 8809

"Swordfish Cave is a well-known rock art site located on Vandenberg Air Force Base in south central California. Named for the swordfish painted on its wall, the cave is a sacred Chumash site. It was under threat from various processes and required measures to conserve it. Nearly all of the cave's interior was excavated to create a rock art viewing area. That effort revealed previously unknown rock art and made it possible to closely examine how early occupants used the space inside the cave. They identified three periods of human use, including an initial occupation around 3,550 years ago, an occupation about 660 years later, and a final Native American occupation that occurred much later, between A.D. 1787 and 1804. The discovery of tools used to make the pictographs linked the art to the two early occupations, pushing back the generally understood antiquity of rock art on California's Central Coast by more than 2,000 years. Two aspects make this study unusual: datable materials associated with rock art and complete removal of cave deposits. Well illustrated with photographs, maps, and drawings of both the art itself and the excavations and materials revealed therein, the book presents a rare opportunity to directly link archaeology and rock art and to examine the spatial organization of prehistoric human habitation"--

Canyon Country Prehistoric Rock Art

An Illustrated Guide to Viewing, Understanding, and Appreciating the Rock Art of the Prehistoric Indian Cultures of Utah, the Great Basin and the General Four Corners Region


Author: Francis Audrey Barnes

Publisher: N.A


Category: Fremont culture

Page: 304

View: 2766

Includes information on protected rock art sites in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. Gives information on these special rock art areas: Albuquerque and Santa Fe Area; Arches National Park; Bandelier National Monument Area; Canyon de Chelly National Monument; Canyonlands National Park--Maze Area; Canyonlands National Park--Needles Area; Capitol Reef National Park;Central Utah Area; Chaco Canyon Area; Desolation-Gray Canyon of the Green River; Grand Canyon National Park; Grand Gulch Primitive Area;Hovenweep National Monument; Indian Creek Canyon; Moab Area; Petrified Forest National Park; San Juan River Gorge; Three Rivers Area; Uintah Basin Area; West-Central Colorado Area; Zuñi-Cibola Area; miscellaneous areas; and Anasazi celestial rock art.

Legacy on Stone

Rock Art of the Colorado Plateau and Four Corners Region


Author: Sally J. Cole

Publisher: Big Earth Publishing

ISBN: 9781555663919

Category: Art

Page: 340

View: 471

In the deep and colorful sandstone canyons west of the Rockies, along river corridors of northern Colorado, and inscribed on rock outcroppings of the Colorado Plateau, the rock art of ancient and historic inhabitants of the West is an enduring record of past ideas and practices. This first integrated analysis of rock art styles throughout the western Colorado region, dating from pre-A.D. 1 to the middle of the twentieth century, bring together information from earlier studies and presents new information to shed light on how various cultures developed and interacted over time and in diverse geographical settings. Sally Cole traces connections between art on canyon walls, rock shelters, and bolders and designs on pottery, basketry, and other artificts, placing the art in cultural context. This book surveys the cultural history and rock art traditions of Archaic hunters and gatherers, Anasazi, Fremont, Navajo, Eastern Shoshoni, and Ute peoples. regions of special interest include Mesa Verde and the Four Corners area, the Uncompahgre Plateau, Dinosaur National Monument and the canyons of the Green and Yampa rivers, and the Canyonlands of Utah and Colorado. An abundance of drawings, photographs, and maps illustrate the text and reveal the diversity of rock art forms and settings in the West.

The Art of the Shaman

Rock Art of California


Author: David S. Whitley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780874806502

Category: History

Page: 138

View: 574

Whitley, an archaeologist specializing in the study of prehistoric art and religion, interprets the symbolism of California's ancient rock art, demonstrating that these pictographs were not created simply for artistic expression, but were deliberately intended to represent a relatively few number of specific messages. Color photographs depict such things as vision questing, sexuality, the mythic past, life crises, altered states of consciousness, and more.

Nine Mile Canyon

The Archaeological History of an American Treasure


Author: Jerry D. Spangler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781607812265

Category: Art

Page: 194

View: 4333

With an estimated 10,000 ancient rock art sites, Nine Mile Canyon has long captivated people the world over. The author takes the reader on a journey into Nine Mile Canyon through the eyes of the generations of archaeologists who have gone there only to leave bewildered by what it all means.

Talking Stone

Rock Art of the Cosos


Author: Paul Goldsmith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781607815525

Category: HISTORY

Page: 104

View: 6098

"This book acts as a visual vehicle to see the rock art of the Coso Range. The Coso Range sits on the edge of the Mojave Desert, just east of the Sierra Nevada. It is located within the 1.2 million acres Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake and contains distinctive and spectacular displays of rock art. This rock art fills the lava gorges of Renegade Canyon, Big Petroglyph Canyon, and Sheep Canyon with images of bighorn sheep, anthropomorphs, abstract geometric figures and shield-like figures. These are pecked into the dark basalt and most appear to be between 1000 to 3000 years old, although some may be older and date to the earliest occupation of the region roughly 13,000 years ago. Both the text and photography are by Paul Goldsmith, an acclaimed cinematographer. This project is highly visual in nature and provides a photographic tour of the canyons and rock art for those that will never have a chance to visit them"--Provided by publisher.

Images in Stone


Author: David Muench,Polly Schaafsma

Publisher: Browntrout Pub

ISBN: 9781563134425

Category: Photography

Page: 191

View: 3620

This comprehensive survey of the rock art of America's ancient civilizations staggers the beholder in its majesty and beauty. Anthropologist Polly Schaafsma's text provides in-depth background on the people who created the art and their world. Muench's superb photographs convey the excitement of these extraordinary images.

Symbolism of Petroglyphs and Pictographs Near Mountainair, New Mexico, the Gateway to Ancient Cities


Author: Susan a. Holland

Publisher: Rowe Publishing

ISBN: 9781939054708

Category: History

Page: 140

View: 4198

With no written alphabet, records of the Southwest Native Americans were kept in the form of either petroglyphs or pictographs on rock surfaces. By examining their symbolism, we are able to gain significant insight of their existence, a deeper understanding of their spiritual and ceremonial beliefs, and a glimpse into their daily lives. Hundreds of such sites exist and are scattered throughout the world with some of the most artistic ones located in the Mountainair, New Mexico, region. Today, this area is referred to as the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and the "gateway to ancient cities."

Art of the Warriors

Rock Art of the American Plains


Author: James D. Keyser

Publisher: Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press


Category: Art

Page: 128

View: 8061

Addresses the phenomenon of Plains rock art, spanning at least five thousand years, and examines diverse aspects of American Native American culture, including religious and world views.

A Field Guide to Rock Art Symbols of the Greater Southwest


Author: Alex Patterson

Publisher: Big Earth Publishing

ISBN: 9781555660918

Category: Art

Page: 256

View: 2764

This is the only specifically designed key to the interpretation of American rock art. The Field Guide brings together 600 commentaries on specific symbols by over 100 archaeologists, researchers, and Native American informants. Covers the northern states of Mexico to Utah and from California to Colorado.