Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Symbolism of Petroglyphs & Pictographs

near #Mountainair NM, the Gateway to Ancient Cities by Susan A. Holland, photography by Mike Rooney
front coverWith no written alphabet, records of the Southwest Native Americans were kept in the form of either petroglyphs or pictographs on rock surfaces. 
By examining their symbolism, we are able to gain significant insight of their existence, a deeper understanding of their spiritual and ceremonial beliefs, and a glimpse into their daily lives. 
Hundreds of such sites exist and are scattered throughout the world with some of the most artistic ones located in the Mountainair, New Mexico, region. Today, this area is referred to as the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument and the “gateway to ancient cities.” 
The author’s work is accompanied with full color photographs by award-winning Mike Rooney. A quick reference guide is also included in the book.
About the Author
holland-susanSusan is a native of Topeka, Kansas. After visiting the southwest in the 1960s she became determined to study archaeology and received a degree from Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff. As Susan pursued her career in the west, southwest, Great Plains, and Hawaii she became more deeply intrigued with petroglyph and pictograph symbols and their meaning. Motivated by a Native American friend who stated that “all things have meaning,” she persisted to substantiate that fact by researching the artistic symbols in the Mountainair, New Mexico, region. Thus, this book began to take shape over the years and has finally reached completion
Symbolism of Petroglyphs and Pictographs | Rowe Publishing

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