Amulets, Effigies, Fetishes, and Charms: Native American by Edward J. Lenik

By Edward J. Lenik

Decorated stone artifacts are an important a part of archaeological stories of local american citizens within the Northeast. The artifacts illuminated in Amulets, Effigies, Fetishes, and Charms: Native American Artifacts and Spirit Stones from the Northeast comprise pecked, sculpted, or incised figures, pictures, or symbols. those are rendered on pebbles, plaques, pendants, axes, pestles, and atlatl weights, andare of various sizes, shapes, and designs. Lenik attracts from Indian myths and legends and contains information from ethnohistoric and archaeological assets including neighborhood environmental settings in an try and interpret the iconography of those attention-grabbing relics. For the Algonquian and Iroquois peoples, they mirror identification, prestige, and social relationships with different Indians in addition to beings within the spirit world.


Lenik starts with history at the Indian cultures of the Northeast and contains a dialogue of the relationship procedure constructed through anthropologists to explain prehistory. the center of the content material contains greater than 80 examples of transportable rock paintings, grouped by means of habitual layout motifs. This association enables in-depth research of every motif. The motifs tested diversity from humans, animals, fish, and bugs to geometric and summary designs. info for every item is gifted in succinct prose, with an outline, representation, attainable interpretation, the tale of its discovery, and the site the place it really is now housed. Lenik additionally deals perception into the tradition and way of life of the local American teams represented. An appendix directory locations to determine and examine extra in regards to the artifacts and a word list are included.


The fabric during this booklet, utilized in conjunction with Lenik’s prior learn, deals a reference for almost each identified instance of northeastern rock artwork. Archaeologists, scholars, and connoisseurs of Indian inventive expression will locate this a useful work.

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