A Field guide to rock art symbols of the greater Southwest by Alex Patterson

By Alex Patterson

This is often the 1st particularly designed key to the translation of yankee rock artwork. curiosity within the topic has grown considerably between specialist archaeologists and educated lay individuals in recent times, however the function and which means that the interesting symbols had for his or her creators stay a secret. even though the importance of the symbols seriously isn't recognized for convinced, knowledgeable guesses will be made. The "Field advisor" brings jointly six hundred commentaries on particular symbols through over 100 archaeologists, anthropologists, researchers, and local American informants. meant for use within the box, in addition to a reference, the publication encompasses a pictorial key first and foremost and is geared up by means of tentative which means or via description. The reader can simply locate the single or a number of of the five hundred illustrations that the majority heavily fit the emblem in query. Patterson emphasizes the tentative nature of the interpretations and has incorporated an index by means of impartial archaeological description in addition to entire documentation of each excerpted remark. the diversity of the publication is from the northern states of Mexico to Utah and from California to Colorado.

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Line bisected by "V"s (spruce bough). Katcina-Ahole · Mask, with feathers on top and a snout. Katcina-Cha'veyo · Mask, with big ears and top feathers; may have snout with teeth. Katcina-Cholawitze or Kokosori · Mask, black with spots and big ears. · Anthropomorph with big ears and feather; may carry spruce bough and weapon. Katcina-Cloud (see also Cloud) · Mask or anthropomorph with cloud symbol on head. Katcina-Clowns (see Katcina-Mudhead Clowns) Katcina-Deer or Sowiñu · Mask, with deer horns on top; may have snout with teeth.

Hunter's Disguise · Anthropomorph wearing animal head, usually carrying weapons near game animals. Hunting · Anthropomorphs with weapons near game animals which are often impaled. Irrigation · Complex designs with water and plant symbols. Katcina Clan · Masks, various. · Line bisected by "V"s (spruce bough). Katcina-Ahole · Mask, with feathers on top and a snout. Katcina-Cha'veyo · Mask, with big ears and top feathers; may have snout with teeth. Katcina-Cholawitze or Kokosori · Mask, black with spots and big ears.

Swastika, with arms pointing clockwise or counter- clockwise. Mirror Images · Anthropomorphic or abstract designs that look similar viewed normally or upside down. Monster Slayer (see Bow and Twin War Gods) Page 28 ASCRIBED MEANING SYMBOL DESCRIPTION Moon · Crescent. · Half or full circle with dot. · Complete circle filled in. Morning Star (see Cross, Stars, and Quetzalcoatl) Mother of Animals (see also Hocker and Water Skate) · Hocker, with filled-in circle on each side of body. · Water Skate, with two concentric circles overlaying body.

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