Making Pictures in Stone

Making Pictures in Stone

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The Indians of northeastern North America are known to us primarily through reports and descriptions written by European explorers, clergy, and settlers, and through archaeological evidence. An additional invaluable source of information is the interpretation of rock art images and their relationship to native peoples for recording practical matters or information, as expressions of their legends and spiritual traditions, or as simple doodling or graffiti. The images in this book connect us directly to the Indian peoples of the Northeast, mainly Algonkian tribes inhabiting eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and the lower Potomac River Valley, New York, New Jersey, the six New EnglandStates, and Atlantic Canada. Lenik provides a full range of rock art appearances in the study area, including some dendroglyphs, pictographs, and a selection of portable rock objects. By providing a full analysis and synthesis of the data, including the types and distribution of the glyphs, and interpretations of their meaning to the native peoples, Lenik reveals a wealth of new information on the culture and lifeways of the Indians of the Northeast.Even here we found but few knotches [sic] on the trees commonly called blazes, the savagesa#39; constant guide in the woodsa€ (Cook and Spiess 1981:30). ... The carving is a record of their hunting trips in Newfoundland between 1853 and 1859.

Title:Making Pictures in Stone
Author:Edward J. Lenik
Publisher:University of Alabama Press - 2009


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