Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South / Edition 1

Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South / Edition 1

by Richard F. Townsend
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300106017

ISBN-13: 9780300106015

Pub. Date: 09/27/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

"Illustrated with hundreds of new photographs and drawings, as well as with maps, site plans, and a chronology, this book presents exciting new information on the art, architecture, and deep-seated cultural themes of the ancient Native Americans in the midwestern and southeastern United States. Highlights include sculptures with a wide range of human and animal motifs…  See more details below

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"Illustrated with hundreds of new photographs and drawings, as well as with maps, site plans, and a chronology, this book presents exciting new information on the art, architecture, and deep-seated cultural themes of the ancient Native Americans in the midwestern and southeastern United States. Highlights include sculptures with a wide range of human and animal motifs, as well as composite imaginary creatures, abstract shapes, embellished vessels, implements, and ritual objects." The essays included here take innovative approaches, interpreting the symbolic imagery of distinct visual traditions and searching for widespread patterns of thought and worldview, some of which have survived into present-day tribal life. Such shared motifs as the "Hero," the "Hawk," and the "Open Hand" suggest a provocative and unexpected continuity of thought across time and geography in the ancient American world concerning themes of life, death, and renewal.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300106015
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.26(w) x 12.06(h) x 0.85(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Map of the Midwest and South
American landscapes, seen and unseen15
Thoughts on the preservation of traditional culture : an interview with Timmy Thompson37
The archaeology of aesthetics43
Hopewell art in Hopewell places57
The Newark earthworks : monumental geometry and astronomy at a Hopewellian pilgrimage center73
Continuity and change in Mississippian civilization83
The Cahokia site and its people93
The Cahokian expression : creating court and cult105
People of earth, people of sky : visualizing the sacred in Native American art of the Mississippian period125
Marking stone, land, body, and spirit : rock art and Mississippian iconography139
Power and the sacred : mound C and the Etowah Chiefdom151
Moundville art in historical and social context167
Thoughts on the preservation of traditional culture : an interview with Joyce and Turner Bear183
Art, ritual, and chiefly warfare in the Mississippian world191
World on a string : some cosmological components of the southeastern ceremonial complex207
Prehistoric art of the Central Mississippi Valley219
The ancient art of Caddo ceramics231
Caddo art : a personal perspective247
The bread dance : a Shawnee ceremony of thanks and renewal253

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