By Alex Patterson
This can be the 1st particularly designed key to the translation of yankee rock artwork. curiosity within the topic has grown considerably between expert archaeologists and expert lay folks lately, however the goal and which means that the exciting symbols had for his or her creators stay a secret. even supposing the importance of the symbols is not recognized for convinced, expert guesses should be made. The "Field consultant" brings jointly six hundred commentaries on particular symbols by means of over 100 archaeologists, anthropologists, researchers, and local American informants. meant for use within the box, in addition to a reference, the e-book features a pictorial key initially and is equipped through tentative that means or by way of description. The reader can simply locate the single or a number of of the five hundred illustrations that the majority heavily fit the emblem in query. Patterson emphasizes the tentative nature of the interpretations and has incorporated an index through impartial archaeological description in addition to whole documentation of each excerpted remark. the variety of the ebook is from the northern states of Mexico to Utah and from California to Colorado.
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Hunter's Disguise · Anthropomorph wearing animal head, usually carrying weapons near game animals. Hunting · Anthropomorphs with weapons near game animals which are often impaled. Irrigation · Complex designs with water and plant symbols. Katcina Clan · Masks, various. · Line bisected by "V"s (spruce bough). Katcina-Ahole · Mask, with feathers on top and a snout. Katcina-Cha'veyo · Mask, with big ears and top feathers; may have snout with teeth. Katcina-Cholawitze or Kokosori · Mask, black with spots and big ears.
Dot in center of circle. Dragonfly · Vertical line with dot head at top, bisected by two (at times one), horizontal parallel line(s). Dumbbell · Two circles connected with line(s); may be embellished with designs. Eagle (see also Thunderbird) · Standing bird in profile. · Bird facing front, wings spread, feathers prominent. Ear Extensions · Front facing anthropomorph with extension from left (usually) ear, ending in arc or balloon. Earth Altar Woman (see Mother of Animals and Hocker ) Emergence (see also Sipapu) · Spiral.
Spirals. Water Gourd · Round object, enclosed in a carrying net, often carried by anthropomorph. · Double-round objects connected one to the other. Water Skate · Zoomorph with dot head and horns; arms and legs bent down at elbows and knees; also has tail. Waving Person · Anthropomorph with one hand upraised. Weeping Eye · Anthropomorph with slant lines descending from eyes. Whirlwind (see also Breath, Spirals, and Swastika) · Spirals. · Anthropomorph with spirals attached or within. Whizzer (see Bullroarer) Wolf (see Coyote, Dog, or Wolf) X-Incurved · "X" shape with tips curved in.