Rock Art of the American Indian. by Campbell Grant.
This book surveys the myriad rock paintings and carvings--numbering possibly some 15,000 sites--pecked into and painted onto boulders and rock surfaces throughout North America by its aboriginal artists. With photographs and drawings on virtually every page, this book presents the rock artists through the work they left--illustrating their extraordinarily diverse techniques, styles, and subjects. For instance, individual aboriginal cultures developed characteristic rock art forms. Meanings of the various naturalistic, stylized, or abstract designs are discussed, and their roles in hunting or puberty rites interpreted. Major rock art sites are located, and methods of recording, preserving, and dating them are indicated. This work has stood the test of time and remains a classic to all those with an interest in Native Americans and their lands. First published in 1967, it has remained in print almost continuously since and today presents some art that has likely been lost over time. Author Grant has done rock art books on the Chumash Indians, the Coso Range, and Canyon de Chelly. 192 pages + 16 page color insert. Large-format.
Author Campbell Grant was a student of American Indian rock art for over two decades, gaining his initial interest during a visit to remote Indian cave paintings in southern California. He also authored Rock Painting of the Chumash, Rock Drawings of the Coso Range, Canyon de Chelly; its people and rock art, and numerous magazine articles on the subject. He was a research associate in archeology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and was also president of the museum as well as the Santa Barbara chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. His research for this book was supported by grants from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, the National Science Foundation, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.
ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-084-3.Order #: VIST0084 paper$12.95.
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