Storied Stone: Indian Rock Art in the Black Hills Country
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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The Black Hills Country and Its People
Windows to the Past
Plains Indians and Rock Art
Ancient Hunters and the Idea of Transformation
Glimpses of an Ancient Art
Themes of Life and Renewal
Below Sacred Mountains
The Face in the Rock
Visions and Oracles
A Disappearing Treasure
Tracks in the Stone