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Odyssey of the Pueblo Indians: An Introduction to Pueblo Indian Petroglyphs, Pictographs, and Kiva Art Murals in the Southwest William M. Eaton

Odyssey of the Pueblo Indians: An Introduction to Pueblo Indian Petroglyphs, Pictographs, and Kiva Art Murals in the Southwest

William M. Eaton

Published June 1st 2002
ISBN : 9781563116940
Paperback
212 pages
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The author, William M. Eaton, brings to his studies of Pueblo Indian culture a unique background. He was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the USAAF with specialized training as a celestial navigator...One day as he surveyed a petroglyph panel, he wasMoreThe author, William M. Eaton, brings to his studies of Pueblo Indian culture a unique background. He was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the USAAF with specialized training as a celestial navigator...One day as he surveyed a petroglyph panel, he was impressed with the fact that the Pueblo Indian shaman had imprinted several star Panels, namely Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, into the petroglyph panel. One set of obscure dots soon led to another, and a remarkable source of astronomical data was developed including the utilization of Pleiades, Orion, and the star Capella. This data, some of which related to star panels announcing the summer and winter solstices, was intended to initiate the annual schedules of a number of Pueblo Indian events such as the Niman Dance in Summer Solstice, the Soyal Winter Solsice Ceremony, and the Momtcit Warrior Initiation Rites in late December. For anthropologists, archaeologists, or lay persons interested in Pueblo Indian culture, Eaton has documented many of these star patterns. In particular, he has examined Pueblo Indian rock art in detail, i.e. petroglyphs, pictographs, and kiva murals, to identify metaphorical implications, and those Pueblo legends that have become part of this culture.For the rock-art aficionado, this book will be a fascinating addition to their collections. More than a few people have attempted to explain Pueblo Indian rock art in the Southwest, but this is one of the more convincing approaches.