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Call number 970.01 MOO Author Moore, Sabra. Title Petroglyphs : ancient language/sacred art / text and drawings by Sabra Moore. Edition 1st ed. Publication info Santa Fe, N.M. : Clear Light Publishers, c1998. Physical descrip vii, 183 p. : ill. ; 20 cm. Bibliography note Includes bibliographical references (p. 170-173) and index. Subject term Indians of North America--Antiquities. Subject term Petroglyphs--North America. Subject term Rock paintings--North America. Geographic term North America--Antiquities. DBCN (Sirsi) ADR-3944 ISBN 1574160117

Summary Sabra Moore offers a treasury of faithful artistic renderings of ancient native art from all regions of the North American continent. Accompanying her drawings are descriptions designed for the general reader that provide information on the location of each work of art; the culture from which it came; and what is known about its significance and meaning for the people who created it. The images include animals and objects, humans, hybrid human-animal forms, symbols, calendars and star markers, and celestial beings incised in caves, on cliffs and boulders, on artifacts, and even under water. This book is an appealing introduction to this unique art form -- its range, diversity, and locations -- as well as a record of many sites that are endangered or damaged or have recently been destroyed. Sabra Moore is an artist residing in New Mexico. She has created fifteen artist's books, some of which are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and other institutions. She has exhibited extensively in New York, Canada. New Mexico, and Brazil, and her drawings appear in Through Indian Eyes and a recent edition of Bulfinch's Mythology. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

Review Though not intended as a survey (the subject matter is too broad), this book provides a glimpse of the beautiful artwork created by Native Americans through the centuries with 106 excellent renderings of petroglyphs and pictographs taken from such diverse media as rocks and shells. Carefully drawn by Moore, a professional artist, the pictures provide more detail than is often conveyed by photographs. Images from across the United States are subdivided by region. Also included are regional listings of sites where tourists can view some of the originals, though names and phone numbers of places to contact for information are unfortunately not included. The pictures are accompanied by descriptive text that helps put the artwork in context both historically and artistically. While the book does include a bibliography, it does not show the type of scholarly rigor that would make it of interest to academic collections. Recommended for public libraries.--John Burch, Hagan Memorial Lib., Williamsburg, KY Appeared in: Library Journal, Mar 15, 1999 (c) Copyright 1999, Cahners Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Holdings Stanley A. Milner Library Copies Material Location 970.01 MOO 1 Book Adult collection


Call number 759.0112 CRO Author Crosby, Harry, 1926- Title The cave paintings of Baja California : discovering the great murals of an unknown people / written and photographed by Harry W. Crosby ; additional photographs by Enrique Hambleton ; illustrations by Harry Crosby and Joanne Haskell Crosby. Edition Rev. and expanded ed. Publication info San Diego, Calif. : Sunbelt Publications, 1997. Physical descrip ix, 246 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 26 cm. Series Title (Sunbelt natural history books) Bibliography note Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-243) and index. Subject term Indians of Mexico--Mexico--Baja California--Antiquities. Subject term Cave paintings--Mexico--Baja California. Subject term Rock paintings--Mexico--Baja California. Subject term Petroglyphs--Mexico--Baja California. Geographic term Baja California (Mexico : Peninsula)--Antiquities. DBCN (Sirsi) ADM-5520 ISBN 0932653235 (hardcover : alk. paper)

Review Crosby spent a large part of the 1960s and1970s doggedly ferreting out prehistoric rock art sites in the mid-peninsula region of Baja. This complete revision of a shorter work first published in 1975 reveals that it was not only a labor of love, but perhaps an obsession as well. Produced by an as-yet-unknown culture Crosby quaintly calls "The Painters," these cave paintings are stunning pictographs that rival the finest rock art and cave paintings in the world. But the text is a plodding, repetitious litany of every back country foray he undertook for some 20 years to discover those neglected sites. Not until the last chapter, "The Practices and Puzzles of the Painters," do we receive anything approaching speculation as to who it was that created these marvelous images. Crosby seems too interested in explaining the difficulty in reaching every cave and how disappointed he was by the woefully deteriorated condition of many of the murals. The photographs, too, tend to be similarly weighted toward the process rather than the outcome: too many of the 71 color photos are given over to man-with-mural, where mural alone might have been clearer. Without better pictures, or more thorough analysis of findings, this book becomes a sort of unsatisfying anthropological travelogue. 11 b&w photos; 108 color illustrations. (Feb.) Appeared in: Library Journal, Sep 01, 1998 (c) Copyright 1998, Cahners Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Holdings Stanley A. Milner Library Copies Material Location 759.0112 CRO 1 Book Adult collection