Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Friday, December 20, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
When we look carefully at a rock art portrayal we can often find much more information than we expected at first glance. Keep looking.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Tracing by James D. Keyser and Mark D. Mitchell, Box
site,5LA8464, Picketwire Canyonlands,
Photograph of a portion of the Box Canyon site, 5LA8464,
Picketwire Canyonlands, Las Animas County, CO.
Photo Peter Faris, August 1999.
Detail of tracing showing tipi near the center (directly
under the elk).Box Canyon site, 5LA8464, Picketwire
Red Rock Ledge, Picketwire Canyonlands, Las Animas
County,CO. Tracing by James D. Keyser and
Red Rock Ledge site, Picketwire Canyonlands, Las Animas
County, CO. Photograph Peter Faris, August 1999.
Picture Canyon, Baca County, CO. Photograph Peter Faris, 1986.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Detail,Biographic panel from Joliet, Montana. Keyser and
Alberta, Canada. Three lines from the back of the
horse's head represent feathers, or possibly two
ears and one feather.
Shield cover. GeorgeHorse Capture. and Emil Her
Portrait of Few Tails by Red Dog, ca. 1884. GeorgeHorse Capture
As Jim Keyser has demonstrated in his many analytic rock art publications, much can be learned from careful attention to the details in rock art, and by comparison with other art forms which display the same sort of imagery. In the case of horses decorated with feathers it can represent a warrior prepared for war, or for a ceremonial occasion.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
For more about the rock art near Devil's Tower and, indeed, for rock art throughout the Black Hills region read Linea Sundstrom's writings. And, for a great trip to a beautiful area, and a moving experience, I highly recommend a visit to Bear's Lodge Butte/Devil's Tower.
2004 Storied Stone: Indian Rock Art of the Black Hills Country,
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
A coup count, Dog Soldier Ledger, pl. 91, p. 189.
Another illustration from the Dog Soldier Ledger (p. 100, p. 203) shows White Bird lancing a white man. White Bird’s horse is painted with a circle identified by Mails as signifying fighting from behind breastworks or from some sort of defensive position. Additional illustrations of White Bird in the same publication show the same symbol on his horse.
A range of motives and reasons led to painting of their horses by Native American Plains warriors, and many of these motives and reasons were of such importance that the same symbols were occasionally portrayed on rock art of horses. Indeed, many of these symbols can often be found independantly painted or pecked into the rock as well, but that is a subject for a later posting.