Rock Art

A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape

Author: Jonathan Bailey

Publisher: Johnson Books

ISBN: 9781555664763

Category:

Page: 192

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Memories are the invisible threads connecting us with our past. From the moment a child is born to the reflections of deep history carved on canyon walls, memories describe the aspects of our lives that otherwise defy explanation--an intangible whisper of awareness written on the lips of time. The history of the American Southwest is vividly painted and pecked with memories, with stories, and with narratives of people and place, odysseys carved into tortuous landscapes of heartbreaking beauty and heat-pressed geometry. This history, in the form of rock art, allows us to see, feel, and experience these threads of memory, binding us ever closer to the past and our place in this landscape.

World Rock Art

Author: Jean Clottes

Publisher: J Paul Getty Museum Publications

ISBN: 9780892366828

Category: Art

Page: 140

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Although cave paintings from the European Ice Age have has gained considerable renown, for many people the term "rock art" remains full of mystery. Yet it refers to perhaps the oldest form of artistic endeavor, splendid examples of which exist on all continents and from all eras. Rock art stretches in time from about forty thousand to less than forty years ago and can be found from the Arctic Circle to the tip of South America, from the caves of southern France to the American Southwest. It includes animal and human figures, complex geometrical forms, and myriad mysterious markings. Illustrated in color throughout, this book provides an engaging overview of rock art worldwide. An introductory chapter discusses the discovery of rock art by the West and the importance of landscape and ritual. Subsequent chapters survey rock art sites throughout the world, explaining how the art can be dated and how it was made. The book then explores the meaning of these often enigmatic images, including the complex role they played in traditional societies. A final chapter looks at the threats posed to rock art today by development, tourism, pollution, and other dangers, and discusses current initiatives to preserve this remarkable heritage.

Talking Stone

Rock Art of the Cosos

Author: Paul Goldsmith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781607815525

Category: HISTORY

Page: 104

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"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.

Stone Chisel and Yucca Brush

Colorado Plateau Rock Art

Author: Ekkehart Malotki,Donald Edgar Weaver

Publisher: Kiva Publishing

ISBN: 1885772270

Category: History

Page: 210

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Stone Chisel and Yucca Brush" features stunning photographs of the Colorado Plateau. For each rock art image, general location and chronological information is provided.

Painted Dreams

Native American Rock Art

Author: Thor Conway

Publisher: NorthWord Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 9781559712132

Category: Indians of North America

Page: 157

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A guide to the deeper meanings of rock art. The author spent more than 20ears travelling to rock art sites across the United States and Canada,arning the trust of native elders and preserving their insights.

Art of the Warriors

Rock Art of the American Plains

Author: James D. Keyser

Publisher: Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 128

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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.

Understanding Meaning and Purpose of Rock Art

Author: D. Russel Micnhimer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780974010588

Category: History

Page: 150

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A detailed and comprehensive examination of factors to be taken into consideration to understand meaning and purpose of rock art (petroglyphs, pictographs, geoglyphs) world wide. Prehistoric visual records inscribed or painted on stones and rocks on all continents from mountain tops to caves. The who, what, how, when, where and why of rock art. The only reference book to address these considerations in detail from a rock art researcher who has spent decades on several continents studying rock art first hand. Micnhimer is a member of the Oregon Archaeological Society and the American Rock Art Research Association.

Life on the Rocks

One Woman's Adventures in Petroglyph Preservation

Author: Katherine Wells

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 197

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Artist Katherine Wells's life story starts with an early interest in Native art and the petroglyphs of the Southwest that drew her to New Mexico and led to a major effort to preserve the iconic images she found on her own land.

Rock Art of the Grand Canyon Region

Author: Don D. Christensen,Jerry Dickey,Steven M. Freers

Publisher: Sunbelt Publications

ISBN: 9780932653093

Category: Art

Page: 248

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Over the past 25 years the authors have worked in cooperation with the Kaibab National Forest, Grand Canyon National Park, Bureau of Land Management/Arizona Strip, and the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument to analyze the hard data and to form a comprehensive overview of the 5,000 years of Native American art painted and engraved on the walls and boulders within the greater Grand Canyon region.This visually stunning book opens a window to the past within the majestic Grand Canyon region rarely seen by the millions of visitors who visit this area annually. It is a feast to both the serious rock art researcher and to the general public who may not be aware of the enticing and elaborately rich rock art found in some of the more remote areas within this spectacular landscape.

The White Shaman Mural

An Enduring Creation Narrative in the Rock Art of the Lower Pecos

Author: Carolyn E. Boyd,Kim Cox

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477310304

Category: Social Science

Page: 219

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Folded plate (1 leaf, 39 x 61 cm, folded to 19 x 16 cm) in pocket.

Early Rock Art of the American West

The Geometric Enigma

Author: Ekkehart Malotki,Ellen Dissanayake

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780295743608

Category: Art

Page: 314

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The earliest rock art--in the Americas as elsewhere--is geometric or abstract. Until Early Rock Art in the American West, however, no book-length study has been devoted to the deep antiquity and amazing range of geometrics and the fascinating questions that arise from their ubiquity and variety. Why did they precede representational marks? What is known about their origins and functions? Why and how did humans begin to make marks, and what does this practice tell us about the early human mind? With some two hundred striking color images and discussions of chronology, dating, sites, and styles, this pioneering investigation of abstract geometrics on stone (as well as bone, ivory, and shell) explores its wide-ranging subject from the perspectives of ethology, evolutionary biology, cognitive archaeology, and the psychology of artmaking. The authors' unique approach instills a greater respect for a largely unknown and underappreciated form of paleoart, suggesting that before humans became Homo symbolicus or even Homo religiosus, they were mark-makers--Homo aestheticus.

Images in Stone

Author: David Muench,Polly Schaafsma

Publisher: Browntrout Pub

ISBN: 9781563134425

Category: Photography

Page: 191

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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.

Nine Mile Canyon

The Archaeological History of an American Treasure

Author: Jerry D. Spangler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781607812265

Category: Art

Page: 194

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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.

Introduction to Rock Art Research, Second Edition

Author: David S Whitley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315425998

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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First published in 2005, this brief introduction to methods of studying rock art has become the standard text for courses on this topic. It was also selected as a Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Book in 2005. Internationally-known rock art researcher David Whitley takes the reader through the various processes needed to document, interpret, and preserve this fragile category of artifact. Using examples from around the globe, he offers a comprehensive guide to rock art studies of value to archaeologists and art historians, their students, and rock art aficionados. The second edition of this classic work has additional material on mapping sites, ethnographic analogy, neuropsychological models, and Native American consultation.

Paleoart: Visions of the Prehistoric Past, 1830-1980

Author: Zoe Lescaze

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836555111

Category: Art

Page: 286

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Dinosaurs Are Forever A pictorial history of paleoart It was 1830 when an English scientist named Henry De la Beche painted the first piece of paleoart, a dazzling, deliciously macabre vision of prehistoric reptiles battling underwater. Since then, artists the world over have conjured up visions of dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, cavemen, and other creatures, shaping our understanding of the primeval past through their exhilarating images. In this unprecedented new book, writer Zo� Lescaze and artist Walton Ford present the astonishing history of paleoart from 1830 to 1990. These are not cave paintings produced thousands of years ago, but modern visions of the prehistory: stunning paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, mosaics, and murals that mingle scientific fact with unbridled fantasy. The collection provides an in-depth look at this neglected niche of art history, and shows the artists charged with imagining these extinct creatures projected their own aesthetic whims onto prehistory, rendering the primordial past with dashes of Romanticism, Impressionism, Japonisme, Fauvism, and Art Nouveau, among other influences. With incisive essays from Lescaze, a preface by Ford, five fold-outs, and dozens of details, the book showcases a stunning collection of artworks plucked from major natural history museums, obscure archives, and private collections, and includes new photography of key works, including Charles R. Knight's seminal dinosaur paintings in Chicago and little-known masterpieces such as A. M. Belashova's monumental mosaic in Moscow. From the fearsome to the fantastical, Paleoart: Visions of a Prehistoric Past 1830-1990 is a celebration of prehistoric animals in art, and a novel chance to understand our favorite extinct beasts through a new art historical lens.

A Field Guide to Rock Art Symbols of the Greater Southwest

Author: Alex Patterson

Publisher: Big Earth Publishing

ISBN: 9781555660918

Category: Art

Page: 256

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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.

Visions of the Black Belt

A Cultural Survey of the Heart of Alabama

Author: Robin McDonald,Valerie Pope Burnes

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817318798

Category: Architecture

Page: 264

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In Visions of the Black Belt, Robin McDonald and Valerie Pope Burnes offer a richly illustrated tour of the Black Belt, the fertile arc that represents the cultural efflorescence of Alabama's heartland. Like knowledgeable friends, McDonald and Burnes guide readers through the Black Belt's towns and architecture and introduce the region's great panoply of citizens, farmers, craftspeople, cooks, writers, and musicians. A constellation of Black Belt towns arose during Alabama's early decades, communities like Selma, Camden, Eutaw, Tuskegee, Greenville, and many more.Visions of the Black Belt recounts their stories and others, such as Demopolis's founding by exiles from Napoleon's France. Under a stormy sky, the ruins of CahabaAlabama's lost capitalreveal the secrets of this once-thriving Black Belt town. Also on this picturesque tour are the Black Belt's homes, from artless cabins wreathed in fern to great mansions wrapped with stately columns, such as Kirkwood and Reverie. Among the emblematic houses of worship lovingly photographed in Visions of the Black Belt is Prairieville's St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, noted for its Carpenter Gothic style. Also reflecting the region's history of faith are poignant graveyards such as Greenville's Pioneer Cemetery with its homespun memorials of seashell and concrete and the elegant lichen- clad marbles of Selma's Live Oak Cemetery. In photos and text, McDonald and Burnes bring to life the layers of history that shaped the Black Belt's tastes, sounds, and colors. Their gastronomic discoveries include the picant crawfish of the Faunsdale Bar & Grill and GainesRidge Dining Club's famed Black Bottom pie. They bring the sounds of the Black Belt to life, highlighting musicians representing a range of musical traditions from Native American to blues to country to gospel and of musical events like Eutaw's Black Belt Folk Roots Festival. They also introduce writers who draw inspiration from the Black Belt and visit the studios and workshops of the artists and craftspeople who transform the raw materials of their environmentfrom wood, metal, and clay to cloth, glass, paint, and even hayinto beautiful, profound, witty, and whimsical works of art. Including two maps and more than 370 full-color photographs, Visions of the Black Belt offers a timeless message of faith, determination, and the rich simplicity of living in harmony with the rhythms of the land and nature.

Existence

A Story

Author: David Hinton

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834840251

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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This is the story of existence, and it begins with a painting. Join David Hinton, the premier modern translator of the Chinese classics, as he stands before a single landscape painting, discovering in it the wondrous story of existence—and as part of that story, the magical nature of consciousness. What he coaxes from the image is nothing less than a revelation: the dynamic interweaving of mind and Cosmos, and the glorious dance of Absence and Presence that is the secret of that Cosmos.