Storied Stone: Indian Rock Art in the Black Hills Country

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2004 - Social Science - 238 pages
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Ancient petroglyphs and paintings on rocky cliffs and cave walls preserve the symbols and ideas of American Indian cultures. From scenes of human-to-animal transformations found in petroglyphs dating back thousands of years to contact-era depictions of eagle trapping, rock art provides a look at the history of the Black Hills country over the last ten thousand years. Storied Stone links rock art of the Black Hills and Cave Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming to the rich oral traditions, religious beliefs, and sacred places of the Lakota, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Mandan, and Hidatsa Indians who once lived there.

Drawing on more than twenty years of fieldwork, Linea Sundstrom identifies the chronological depth, stylistic variations, and multiple interpretations of petroglyphs and cliff paintings in this richly illustrated volume. Sundstrom describes the age, cultural affiliation, and meaning of a wide variety of petroglyphs and rock paintings--from warriors’ combat scenes and images related to girls’ puberty rites to depictions of creation myths and sacred visions.

 


  

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Contents

The Black Hills Country and Its People
3
Windows to the Past
24
Explorations
32
Plains Indians and Rock Art
40
Ancient Hunters and the Idea of Transformation
48
Glimpses of an Ancient Art
63
Archaic Seekers
68
Themes of Life and Renewal
78
Below Sacred Mountains
141
The Face in the Rock
160
Visions and Oracles
174
The Newcomers
186
A Disappearing Treasure
191
Tracks in the Stone
195
Notes
203
References
213

Brave Deeds and Coup Counts
99
Eagle Catchers
115
A Place Apart
125

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About the author (2004)

Linea Sundstrom is a private consultant in archaeology, historic resource management, and ethnohistory. Born and raised in the Black Hills, Sundstrom is the author of Rock Art of the Southern Black Hills: A Contextual Approach and coauthor of Rock Art of Western South Dakota .

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