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The recent phenomenal growth of interest in rock art, on a near-global scale, provides an extraordinary opportunity for rock art researchers to transmit their enthusiasm, scientific approach, and interpretive results to the general public. Stone Chisel and Yucca Brush: Colorado Plateau Rock Art provides an aesthetic and intellectual experience satisying to both the novice and the academic researcher.
Rock art is foremost a visual phenomenon. The photographs included here, illustrating aesthetically exciting petroglyphs and pictographs from many newly discovered sites or sites whose imagery is known to only a few, make up the heart of the work. These stunning images, intended to capture the reader's immediate attention, are accompanied by interpretive essays, each informing the reader about a unique aspect of rock art studies.
The images, which cover the range of known stylistic variations, are presented in chronological groupings. They are also identified by region, enabling the reader to place all the images in an approximate temporal and geographical context.
Any image, regardless of its placement in the book, can be used as a point of departure for venturing into the captivating rock art world of the Colorado Plateau.
Ekkehart Malotki is professor of languages at Norther Arizona University, where he has taught Latin, Hopi and German since 1977. For over twenty-five years, his work as an ethnolinguist has focused on the preservation of Hopi language and culture. During the last ten years, his passion for rock art has taken him to the Sahara, to the Paleolithic caves in France, to Scandinavia and Mexico, and twice to Australia. Tapamveni: The Rock Art Galleris of Petrified Forest and Beyond, which he coauthored with Pat McCreery, has won an award of excellence from the National Park Service.
Donald E. Weaver, Jr., is an archaeologist who has conducted anthropological research in the greater Southwest for more than thirty years. He has taught courses in archaeology, including rock art studies, at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. For ten years he was curator of the Museum of Northern Arizona's department of anthropology. While president of the American Rock Art Research Association, he helped to organize and presided over the first international rock art congress held in the United States.