Ambiguous Images: Gender and Rock Art

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Rowman Altamira, 2004 - Art - 249 pages
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A significant contribution to the relatively unexplored field of gender in rock art, this volume contains information for those interested in past gender systems. Hays-Gilpin argues that art is both a product of its physical and social environment and a tool of influence in shaping behavior and ideas within a society. Rock art is often one of the strongest lines of evidence available to scholars in understanding ritual practices, gender roles, and ideological constructs of prehistoric peoples.
  

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Contents

Rock Art and Gender on the Margins
1
Recognizing Sex and Gender
15
Engendering and Degendering Paleolithic Europes Cave Paintings
43
Regendering Fertility Shrines in the West
65
Separate Spheres Who Made Rock Art?
85
Life Cycles and Puberty Rites
107
Maidens and Flute Players in the Southwest
127
Sacred Landscapes and Social Landscapes
147
Women Men Ritual and Rock Art
165
Shamans with History
187
Taking Rock Art Seriously
209
Bibliography
219
Index
237
About the Author
249
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Page 228 - Lewis- Williams, J. David, and Thomas A. Dowson. 1988. The Signs of All Times: Entoptic Phenomena and Upper Palaeolithic Art.
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About the author (2004)

Kelley Hays-Gilpin teaches archaeology, ceramic analysis, and a rock art course at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, just hours from Petrified Forest National Park and her favorite rock art. She received her PhD in anthropology at the University of Arizona in 1992, then worked for the Navajo Nation Archaeology Department for several years. She has co-authored books on prehistoric sandals of northern Arizona and pottery of Arizona's Puerco Valley, and co-edited the Reader in Gender Archaeology with David S. Whitley. Current projects include collaboration with the Museum of Northern Arizon, Harvard Peabody Museum, and the Hopi Tribe on the Southwest Mural Project, a multidisciplinary study of 15th-17th century dry fresco painting from the Puebloan region.

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