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Petroglyphs: Ancient Language/Sacred Art Paperback – December, 2003

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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.AJohn Burch, Hagan Memorial Lib., Williamsburg, KY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Clear Light Books; First Edition edition (December 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574160753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574160758
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,306,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a good book to read and enjoy. To me Sabra Moore's book, in which texts and drawings mingle harmoniously, has given a well-informed and concise overview of the North American rock art. In addition, I think that having the viewpoint from an artist's eye is useful to understand beyond the intellect the possible meanings and purpose of this "ancient language/sacred art" of the petroglyphs. Perhaps, after reading this text-art book, one can visit rock art sites again in a different way, not just seeing the carved boulders any more, but looking at and perusing them instead...
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fantastic art work. It's hard to photograph petroglyphs and other books I have seen, where an artist draws or paints copies from the originals, are not very pleasing to the eye. This is the exception. Simply fantastic.
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Some of the drawings superb others lack clarity; however the book over all is worth reading and I learned a lot from it. I felt is like a comfort book, something you read in bed before you drop off to sleep.
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There is an exciting immediacy, an unaffected directness and a sense of wonderment in Moore's
delicately illustrated book. She carries the reader with her on a journey through petroglyph sites across America, a journey that traverses geography, art, time and the heart. With great humility Moore explores a form of analytical examination outside the strictures of the academic mold. The result is a narrative both poetic and informative, that expands the vision, and kindles one's desire to travel with Moore.
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