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The Rock Art of Arizona: Art for Life's Sake Paperback – July 31, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1885772381 ISBN-10: 1885772386 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Kiva Publishing (July 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885772386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885772381
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 9.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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A worthy addition to anyone's personal library.
Dr. Malotki's book is a comprehensive and beautifully designed overview of the wealth and diversity of Arizona's precious rock art heritage.
Photographs accompanying his information are beautifully taken and therefore highlight the concepts he discusses.
MaryAnn Guggemos

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Wiseman on December 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
THE ROCK ART OF ARIZONA is an absolutely beautiful book, something you want to hold and investigate joyfully and unhurriedly. Gorgeous photography and superb graphic design invite frequent re-visiting and lingering delight. But it is much more than a visual treat. It tells a story. Ekkehart Malotki is either an artist who thinks like a scientist, or a scientist who feels like an artist. Just as in two of his previous books, TAPAMVENI and STONE CHISEL AND YUCCA BRUSH, the writing is concise, informative, and helpful for those who want to appreciate the artists and cultures that made these beautiful, ancient images.

I live in both Virginia and Colorado, and drive back and forth two or three times each year with dog and various family members. Malotki's books always come along, both ways. They are big books, but they still make the trips back and forth between the East Coast and Colorado to remain within easy reach in each house. In the past three years I have bought many dozens of books on rock art and archaeology. These beautiful books by Ekkehart Malotki are the very best I have. I tell everyone I know that if they are going to buy just one book on rock art in the American Southwest: get one of Ekkehart Malotki's. If you are going to Arizona, this is THE choice. Better than five star!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 24, 2008
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"In addition to stunningly beautiful photography of the petroglyphs themselves, Malotki's book presents one of the best and most level-headed, scientifically based summations of what American petroglyphs may represent that I have read anywhere. Malotki is well versed not only in petroglyph studies in the U.S. but worldwide; and he puts the specific rock art works he shows and discusses into the widest context. For anyone interested in southwestern petroglyphs, and in world rock art, this is a very good read with truly brilliant photography." G. Frank Oatman, Jr., retired college professor and serious amateur student of rock art.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Dean Campbell on January 10, 2008
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I congratulate Dr. Ekkehart Malotki on the publication of his recent book, The Rock Art of Arizona: Art For Life's Sake. The spectacular photographs and comprehensive review of the rock art of Arizona as presented in this book gives the rock art of Arizona the attention it rightfully deserves. For those interested in gaining more knowledge regarding the rock art of Arizona, this book is a 'must have' for your library.
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Arizona is home to one of the largest and most diversity collections of rock paintings and engraving known to archaeology. These artistic expressions and pictographic communications are principally the work of paleo-indians. Author and rock art enthusiast Ekkehart Malotki has compiled more than 384 photographs in "The Rock Art of Arizona: Art For Life's Sake", a 200-page introduction to the functions and meanings of rock art so far as archaeologists can decipher them. Intrinsic works of beauty, often in peril of vandalism, "The Rock Art Of Arizona" is a timely, seminal, and invaluable contribution to the growing library of information on this unique from of human expression. "The Rock Art Of Arizona" is a strongly recommended addition to academic library Native American Studies reference collections, and will prove to be of immense interest to non-specialist general readers with an interest in Native American Art, as well as North American Archaeology.
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