In this pioneering study, art historian Vincent Scully explores the inhabitants' understanding of the natural world in an entirely original way---by observing and analyzing the complex yet visible relationships between the landscape of mountain and desert, the ancient ruins and the pueblos, and the ceremonial dances that take place within them. To this second edition Scully has added a new preface that raises issues of preservation and development.
New edition of a classic study. Scully (art, Yale) relates the 74393-4). landscape of mountain and desert, the ancient ruins and the still living pueblos, and the ceremonial dances that take place within them. (He sees these intricate dances as the most profound works of art yet produced on the American continent.) A new preface raises issues of preservation and development and a postscript reassesses the relationship between nature and culture in Native American tradition, along with its relevance to contemporary architecture and landscape. Heavily illustrated in b&w. The paper edition is available ($19.95; Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Vincent Scully is Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Yale University. His many books include The Shingle Style: Architectural Theory and Design from Richardson to the Origins of Wright; The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods: Greek Sacred Architecture; and American Architecture and Urbanism.
I. Men and Nature—Prehistory and the Present
II. The Rio Grande—Taos and Picuris
III. The Rio Grande—The Tewa Towns
IV. The Rio Grande—The Keres Towns
V. Jemez, Pecos, Sandia, Isleta, Laguna, Acoma, Zuni
VI. The Navaho Hogan and the Hopi Towns
VII. Epilogue: The Puberty Ceremony of the Mescalero
Notes: Sources, Critical Bibliography, Methods, Commentary