Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South

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Yale University Press, 2004 - 287 pages
Along the Ohio, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers, the archaeological remains of earthen pyramids, plazas, large communities, and works of art and artifacts testify to Native American civilizations that thrived there between 3000 B.C. and A.D. 1500. This fascinating book presents exciting new information on the art and cultures of these ancient peoples and features hundreds of gorgeous photographs of important artworks, artifacts, and ritual objects excavated from Amerindian archaeological sites.

Drawing on excavation findings and extensive research, the contributors to the book document a succession of distinct ancient populations in the pre-Columbian world of the American Midwest and Southeast. A team of interdisciplinary scholars examines the connections between archaeological remains of different regions and the themes, forms, and rituals that continue in specific tribes of today. The book also includes the personal reflections of contemporary Native Americans who discuss their perspectives on the significance of the fascinating and beautiful prehistoric artifacts as well as their own cultural practices today.
 

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Table des matières

The Archaeology of Aesthetics
43
Hopewell Art in Hopewell Places
57
Monumental Geometry and Astronomy
73
Continuity and Change in Mississippian Civilization Garrick Bailey
83
Creating Court and Cult
105
Visualizing the Sacred
125
Acknowledgments
139
Moundville Art in Historical and Social Context
167
Some Cosmological Components
207
Prehistoric Art of the Central Mississippi Valley
219
Catalogue of the Exhibition Chester P Walker
260
Bibliography 231 The Ancient Art of Caddo Ceramics
271
Contributors
280
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Richard F. Townsend is curator of African and Amerindian art at The Art Institute of Chicago.

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