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Amulets, Effigies, Fetishes, and Charms, Amulets, Effigies, Fetishes, and Charms, 0817319239, 0-8173-1923-9, 978-0-8173-1923-6, 9780817319236, , , Amulets, Effigies, Fetishes, and Charms, 0817390200, 0-8173-9020-0, 978-0-8173-9020-4, 9780817390204,

Amulets, Effigies, Fetishes, and Charms
Native American Artifacts and Spirit Stones from the Northeast
Edward J. Lenik

Trade Cloth
2016. 208 pp.
79 B&W figures / 7 tables
978-0-8173-1923-6
Price:  $49.95 s
E Book
2016. 208 pp.
79 B&W figures / 7 tables
978-0-8173-9020-4
Price:  $49.95 d

Decorated stone artifacts are a significant part of archaeological studies of Native Americans in the Northeast. The artifacts illuminated in Amulets, Effigies, Fetishes, and Charms: Native American Artifacts and Spirit Stones from the Northeast include pecked, sculpted, or incised figures, images, or symbols. These are rendered on pebbles, plaques, pendants, axes, pestles, and atlatl weights, andare of varying sizes, shapes, and designs. Lenik draws from Indian myths and legends and incorporates data from ethnohistoric and archaeological sources together with local environmental settings in an attempt to interpret the iconography of these fascinating relics. For the Algonquian and Iroquois peoples, they reflect identity, status, and social relationships with other Indians as well as beings in the spirit world.
 
Lenik begins with background on the Indian cultures of the Northeast and includes a discussion of the dating system developed by anthropologists to describe prehistory. The heart of the content comprises more than eighty examples of portable rock art, grouped by recurring design motifs. This organization allows for in-depth analysis of each motif. The motifs examined range from people, animals, fish, and insects to geometric and abstract designs. Information for each object is presented in succinct prose, with a description, illustration, possible interpretation, the story of its discovery, and the location where it is now housed. Lenik also offers insight into the culture and lifestyle of the Native American groups represented. An appendix listing places to see and learn more about the artifacts and a glossary are included.
 
The material in this book, used in conjunction with Lenik’s previous research, offers a reference for virtually every known example of northeastern rock art. Archaeologists, students, and connoisseurs of Indian artistic expression will find this an invaluable work.

Edward J. Lenik is the president and principal investigator of Sheffield Archaeological Consultants, a cultural resource management firm in Wayne, New Jersey. An authority on rock art in the Northeast, he has led workshops on artifact analysis and archaeology lab work at New Jersey museums. He is the author of Making Pictures in Stone: American Indian Rock Art of the Northeast and Picture Rocks: American Indian Rock Art in the Northeast Woodlands.

“Rock art is a sacred, spiritually potent part of Indian lifeways. Native groups saw spirit in all things. They saw and depicted spirit in these images. Indian myths and legends inform us, providing greater understanding of these images. Images of mythical creatures such as serpents and thunderbirds, for example, are found throughout North America. Each tribe sees these mythical figures differently and depicts them in rock art. The myths and stories surrounding these beings also differ in detail but hold a common element of what these spirit beings mean to the various Indian peoples.”
—From the Introduction


Praise for Making Pictures in Stone: American Indian Rock Art of the Northeast

“A welcome addition to the corpus of known rock art in this vast region that, coupled with [Lenik’s] earlier book, represents the most comprehensive study of the rock art of northeastern North America. Essential.”
CHOICE

Praise for Picture Rocks: American Indian Rock Art in the Northeast Woodlands
 
“This book is the only complete survey of the subject. Highly recommended.”
CHOICE
 
“For the neophyte petroglyph hunter, Lenik’s book is indispensable, the closest thing there is to a field guide to Indian rock art from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick south through New Jersey.”
Hartford Courant

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