the serpent and the sacred fertility images in southwestern rock art

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The Serpent And The Sacred Fire

Author : Dennis Slifer
ISBN : STANFORD:36105028658123
Genre : Art
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The Southwest holds a treasure trove of prehistoric rock art, the fascinating images of petroglyphs and pictographs spanning thousands of years of Indian culture. Fertility has been identified as one of the most obvious and persistent themes in rock art, the record resplendent with symbols of birth, death, and procreation. Three-time rock art author Dennis Slifer takes a wide and deep look at symbols of fertility and fecundity, meticulously documenting drawings made by prehistoric cultures and the historical tribes of today's greater Southwest, and comparing the symbols with those fertility symbols found in rock art sites around the world.

Ambiguous Images

Author : Kelley Hays-Gilpin
ISBN : 0759100659
Genre : Art
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A significant contribution to the relatively unexplored field of gender in rock art, this volume contains information for those interested in past gender systems. Hays-Gilpin argues that art is both a product of its physical and social environment and a tool of influence in shaping behavior and ideas within a society. Rock art is often one of the strongest lines of evidence available to scholars in understanding ritual practices, gender roles, and ideological constructs of prehistoric peoples.

The Archaeology Of Art In The American Southwest

Author : Marit K. Munson
ISBN : 9780759120259
Genre : Social Science
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Archaeologists seldom study ancient art, even though art is fundamental to the human experience. The Archaeology of Art in the American Southwest argues that archaeologists should study ancient artifacts as artwork, as applying the term 'art' to the past raises new questions about artists, audiences, and the works of art themselves. Munson proposes that studies of ancient artwork be based on standard archaeological approaches to material culture, framed by theoretical insights of disciplines such as art history, visual studies, and psychology. Using examples drawn from the American Southwest, The Archaeology of Art in the American Southwest discusses artistic practice in ancestral Pueblo and Mimbres ceramics and the implications of context and accessibility for the audiences of painted murals and rock art. Studies of Hohokam figurines and rock art illustrate methods for studying ancient images, while the aesthetics of ancient art are suggested by work on ceramics and kivas from Chaco Canyon. This book will be of interest to archaeologists working in the Southwest who want to broaden their perspective on the past. It will also appeal to archaeologists in other parts of the world and to anthropologists, art historians, and those who are intrigued by the material world, aesthetics, and the visual.

New Perspectives On Prehistoric Art

Author : G√ľnter Berghaus
ISBN : 0275978133
Genre : Architecture
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Presents some current approaches to prehistoric art and offers new insights into the meanings and functions of the era's paintings and sculptures.


Author : Dennis Slifer
ISBN : 1423601742
Genre : Art
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A guide to the ancient symbols and sites of the Southewest's most iconic image

Landscape Of The Spirits

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ISBN : 0816521832
Genre : Social Science
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A comprehensive examination of the Native American rock art found in the South Mountains near Phoenix, with many photographs, illustations, and interpretations of the petroglyphs based on Native American ethnographic accounts.

The Witches Of Abiquiu

Author : Malcolm Ebright
ISBN : 0826320317
Genre : History
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The author focuses on the little studied witchcraft trial that took place at Abiquiu, New Mexico, between 1756 and 1766. The witchcraft outbreak took place less than a century after the Pueblo Revolt and symbolised a resistance by the Genizaros (hispanicized Indians) of Abiquiu to forced Christianization.

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