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Spirit Fire and Lightning Songs

Looking at Myth and Shamanism on a Klamath Basin Petroglyph Site

By Robert J. David

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Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Published In: United States, 13 June 2016
Robert J. David's Spirit Fire and Lightning Songs makes a major contribution to the steadily growing body of research in the western United States that prioritizes indigenous voices, myth, and neuropsychological models to provide a fresh and innovative approach to decolonizing the past. As a Klamath Tribal member, David's scholarly and engaging writing style lends itself to the retelling of Klamath-Modoc myths and the interpretation of how these myths convincingly relate to rock art at 4-Mod-22, a complex Klamath Basin petroglyph site in Northern California near the former Tule Lake. David's work at 4-Mod-22 highlights three distinctive classes of rock art: iconic motifs, residual markings, and geometric figures. Information provided by a combination of Klamath-Modoc ethnography and myth suggests that these distinctive rock art categories denote two patterns of ritual use that include shamans' consultations with their spirit familiars, and shamanic power quests.
EAN: 9780989002288
ISBN: 0989002284
Publisher: Regents of the University of California
Dimensions: 27.94 x 21.59 x 0.64 centimeters (0.33 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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