A comprehensive book on the rock art of Arizona was missing. Ekkehart Malotki has now provided it and he has done it beautifully. Thanks to his superb photographs, readers will be amazed at the wealth and splendor of what is undoubtedly one of the most impressive collections of rock art paintings and engravings in the world, set in incredible landscapes that played a vital part in their significance. The author also stresses the various functions and meanings of the art insofar as we can comprehend them. As he did so simply and clearly, general readers, rock art enthusiasts and specialists will all be deeply interested in this landmark publication. --Jean Clottes, president of IFRAO (international Federation of Rock Art Organizations)
A journey through this volume is an experience that will transport the reader to places unknown, compliments or Malotki's extraordinary photography, elegant prose, and original insights that only someone with his field acumen could produce. This intelligent, well-crafted synopsis fills a void in the rock art literature of the Southwest. It is destined to become a classic. --Henry Wallace, Senior Research Archaeologist, Center for Desert Archaelogy
This is more than a collection of amazing, beautiful, and sensitively-photographed images--most never seen before. As if that was not enough, Malotki also gives us a wide-ranging, well-researched analysis and interpretation of those Arizona images, setting them into the worldwide corpus and discourse of rock art. Whatever one's level of interest and knowledge of the subject, this book will be a revelation of the marvel--and deep importance--or human art making. --Ellen Dissanayake, Author of Homo Aestheticus: Where Art Comes From and Why
About the Author
Ekkehart Malotki is professor emeritus of languages at Northern Arizona University where he taught German, Latin, and Hopi from 1977 until 2004. For more than twenty-five years, his work as an ethnolinguist focused on the preservation of Hopi language and culture. In addition to over a dozen bilingual works on Hopi semantics and oral literature, he has published three children's books based on authentic Hopi stories. For over ten years, he was the principal data contributor to the Hopi Dictionary/Hopikwa Lavaytutuveni. He also provided the Hopi titles, including that of Koyaanisqatsi, to Godfrey Reggio's movie trilogy on our destructive behavior toward this planet. Among his most recent publications are Earth Fire: A Hopi Legend of the Sunset Crater Eruption, Hopi Tales of Destruction, and Kokopelli: The Making of an Icon. During the last fifteen years, his passion for rock art has taken him to the Sahara, to the Paleolithic caves in France, to Italy, Scandinavia and Mexico, and twice to Australia. In addition, he has devoted much of his time to the photography and interpretation of the rock art of the American Southwest. Both of his rock art works have received prestigious awards. Tapamventi: The Rock Art Galleries of Petrified Forest and beyond, co-authored by Patricia McCreery, won an award of excellence from the National Park Service, and Stone Chisel and Yucca Brush: Colorado Plateau Rock Art, co-authored by Donald E. Weaver, a Benjamin Franklin Award winner.