Post-contact rock art, also known as historic rock art, consists of petroglyph and pictograph images made after contact between Native American and Euro-American cultures—in the American Southwest this is after A.D. 1540 when the conquistador Coronado entered the region. The product of Native Americans, Spaniards, Mexicans, and Americans, it can be recognized by images that did not exist here prehistorically, such as horses, guns, wagons, trains, ships, buildings and western styles of dress. Compared to widespread prehistoric images, there is less post-contact rock art. It tends to be more secular and realistic in contrast to the supernatural character of much prehistoric rock art, and is more likely to tell a story or record an event. This tradition continues today—I have seen a petroglyph on the Navajo Reservation that depicts jets flying into the Twin Towers, recording the awful events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Consisting of 140 pages richly illustrated with more than 300 compelling photographs and drawings, this book appeals to not only rock art enthusiasts and archaeologists but also those interested in western history, cowboys, ranching and Hispanic culture, horses, trains, religious icons, contemporary art and graffiti.
Dennis Slifer is a writer and photographer with wide-ranging interests. He is the author of eight books about prehistoric rock art in the Southwest, as well as "The Caves of Maryland" and various environmental reports and magazine articles. In 2007 he retired as an environmental scientist in New Mexico and moved to rural Virginia where he divides his time between writing, homesteading, and traveling. He has produced a memoir plus eleven other books with Blurb since 2011: - Be Careful What You Wish For: The Saga of Sow’s Ear Farm - Ambling Around the Atacama and the Altiplano - Sol y Sombra: Meeting the Shadow - Art on the Rocks: The Best of the Quest - My People Collection - Quay's Tale: A Memoir of Monkey Boy - Critters: A Tribute to Compassion - Sideway Cider Squeezin" - Marking Change: Post-contact Rock Art in the Southwest - Curios: Collecting Eclectic - THIS IS IT!: Strange Signs, Social Oddities, and Antidotes to Boredom
SIDEWAY CIDER SQUEEZIN' Published November 28, 2012
CRITTERS Published October 23, 2012
QUAY'S TALE: A MEMOIR OF MONKEY BOY Published July 11, 2012
My People Collection Published June 25, 2012
ART on the ROCKS Published March 18, 2012
Sol y Sombra: Meeting the Shadow Published February 15, 2012
Ambling Around the Atacama and the Altiplano Published January 29, 2012
Be Careful What You Wish For: The Saga of Sow's Ear Farm Published January 24, 2012
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