[Art of the Warriors: Rock Art of the American Plains]
Art of the Warriors: Rock Art of the American Plains, James D. Keyser
2004, The University of Utah Press, 10-1/2" x 12", cloth, d/j
128 pages, 116 color and b/w photographs and illustrations, 21 maps, notes, references.
$25.00

In North America, Plains rock art is second only to that of the Southwest in richness, complexity, and diversity of content. Ranging from crudely pecked abstract petroglyphs to finely drawn polychrome shield-bearing warrior pictographs, the art includes the most sophisticated portraiture ever done by native rock artists. Panels include hunting scenes, family groups, supernatural beings, and battle depictions that can be read well enough to identify who killed whom more than 150 years after the event. The art spans at least 5,000 years, with Archaic-period examples serving as some of the earliest well-dated art on the continent.

Art of the Warriors is the first book to fully address and reproduce art from this period. Author James Keyser explores this fascinating art both for specialists and nonspecialists alike. Rich with color reproductions, historical photographs of Plains Indians, and many first-person accounts, Art of the Warriors is a stunning introduction to Plains art and culture.

James D. Keyser is a regional archaeologist with the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Northwest region. He is the author of numerous other rock art title. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


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