Rock Art of Southeast Alaska

 
9781578336050: Rock Art of Southeast Alaska

Petroglyphs and pictographs, rock carvings and rock paintings, are found on all continents. Southeast Alaska, however, is home to some of the world's most fascinating and accessible rock art. Who made it? When, how and why? Answers to these questions are tangled with the puzzle of who, when and how the New World was populated during and following the most recent ice age. This is a puzzle whose pieces are being accumulated at a growing rate. Take a step back to learn more about the culture of early peoples of Southeast Alaska and their forebears and learn how their sense of place was imprinted by means of clan symbols in rock and paint. Discover more about the shamans who helped them navigate their world and who left an enduring record of the spirits which inhabited it.

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Bonnie and her husband packed up all their belongings including their cat in a VW bus and headed to Alaska from New York in 1972. A journey on a fishing boat loaded with their car landed them on an island in Southeast Alaska where the two taught in a Native village. A few years later they moved to Wrangell, Alaska. This small island town has now been her home for over 30 years. First teaching, then writing for the local paper gave Bonnie insight and curiosity about the area s rich history and abundant natural beauty. This led to writing her first book, Roll On! Discovering the Wild Stikine River, on the human and natural history of one of North America s wildest untamed rivers, the Stikine. Another body of water, Anan Creek, has its own considerable renown as one of the few places in the world where both black and brown bear can be easily observed as they feed on salmon while often bringing their delightful cubs to share the feast. This fascinating place was the subject of Bonnie s second book, Anan: Stream of Living Water. A third book, Wrangell, is a part of the series on America s towns, cities and neighborhoods, Images of America. It follows the rich history of her adopted hometown through historical photographs. Bonnie loved interviewing local old-timers and digging into photo archives to learn more about Wrangell, Alaska. A lifelong interest in archeology meant that learning and photographing Southeast Alaska s mysterious petroglyph and pictographs was a natural for the author. This has led to publication of her newest book, Rock Art of Southeast Alaska, which will be released in the spring of 2015. When not digging into Southeast Alaska s varied attractions, Bonnie enjoys birding, hiking and boating the among the region s thousand-plus islands.

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