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Overview

What does rock art say about gender and how can our understanding of gender shape the way that we view rock art? A significant contribution to the relatively unexplored field of gender in rock art, this volume contains a wealth of information for archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians interested in past gender systems. Hays-Gilpin argues that art is at once a product of its physical and social environment and at the same time a tool of influence in shaping behavior and ideas within a society. Taking this stance, rock art is shown to be very often one of the strongest lines of evidence avaliable to scholars in understanding ritual practices, gender roles, and ideologicial constructs of prehistoric peoples. Subsequently issues of representation and the people who made these forms of art are also discussed.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Anthropological Research
Written in an engaging style that will appeal to non-specialists, it is a thoughtful example of feminist archaeological scholarship that demonstrates many of the congributions of gender-sensitive research.
CHOICE - T. A. Foor
...presents new avenues for research. Her writing style is clear, and the bibliography is valuable for students of archaeology and rock art. Recommended.
David S. Whitley
With this book American rock art research comes of age. Far from a rock art-book-about-rock art, this instead is a book on how rock art informs us about prehistoric gender and social life. It is essential reading for anyone interested in symbolism, prehistoric art, feminist theory or western North American prehistory.
Polly Schaafsma
Ambiguous Images is a timely volume in which Kelley Hays-Gilpin covers a wide range of issues as she challenges popular and past stereotypes about rock art and gender—topics she describes as often marginal to the archaeological community. Yet perceptions of sex and gender affect social processes, life cycles, politics, economics, religion, and world views. Drawing on rock art throughout the world, Hays-Gilpin points the way and lays out routes for the dynamic use of rock art imagery as a creative avenue of discovery into richly gendered worlds of the past. This is an exciting addition to the fast-growing literature on gender in archaeology.
Choice
...presents new avenues for research. Her writing style is clear, and the bibliography is valuable for students of archaeology and rock art. Recommended.
— T. A. Foor, University of Montana
Association For Feminist Anthropology
Ambiguous Images is a welcome addition to gender, aterial, visual and even 'science' culture studies, and a text I will eagerly recommend and use in the classroom.
Aboriginal History
In its wide ranging selection of case studies the book introduces the reader not only to a variety of rock art manifestations and contexts, but also to aspects of gendered rock art studies that may inspire the search for new developments in local rock art research.
Antiquity
Gender, together with style, religion and landscape, is one of the most popular topics in rock art studies. This book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the subject. . . This book will have a significant impact on the field of North American rock art studies and will become a standard work of reference and point of departure for much future scholarship.
Journal Of Anthropological Research
Written in an engaging style that will appeal to non-specialists, it is a thoughtful example of feminist archaeological scholarship that demonstrates many of the congributions of gender-sensitive research.
Colonial Latin American Historical Review
Recommended to those interested in rock art, archaeology, and Native American cultures.
CHOICE - T.A. Foor
...presents new avenues for research. Her writing style is clear, and the bibliography is valuable for students of archaeology and rock art. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759100657
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Series: Gender and Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Part 1 List of Figures Part 2 Foreword Part 3 Preface Chapter 4 Chapter 1: Rock Art and Gender on the Margins Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Recognizing Sex and Gender Chapter 6 Chapter 3: Engendering and Degendering Paleolithic Europe's Cave Paintings Chapter 7 Chapter 4: Regendering Fertility Shrines in the West Chapter 8 Chapter 5: Separate Spheres: Who Made Rock Art? Chapter 9 Chapter 6: Lifecycles and Puberty Rites Chapter 10 Chapter 7: "Maidens" and Fluteplayers in the Southwestern United States Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Sacred Landscapes and Social Landscapes Chapter 12 Chapter 9: Women, Men, Ritual and Rock Art Chapter 13 Chapter 10: Shamans with History Chapter 14 Chapter 11: Taking Rock Art Seriously Part 15 References Part 16 About the Author

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