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The Cape Alitak Petroglyphs: From the Old People

Llirluni cuuliraq suuiut cingiyaq Alitak patriitaq

The Cape Alitak Petroglyphs is the culmination of Woody Knebel’s ten years spent drawing, photographing, and experiencing the mysteries of this windswept place at the southern entrance to the Kodiak Archipelago. Shedding important light on Kodiak rock art, this volume provides in-depth cultural and artistic insight into an unusually rich picture of Alutiiq conventions, traditional symbolic history, and spiritual belief. Accompanied by color maps and black-and-white photography, The Cape Alitak Petroglyphs captures the majesty and mystery of the five hundred individual images that form the largest known cluster of stationary rock carvings in the Alaskan region and provides an important comparison to the many other forms of Alutiiq artistic expression preserved in artifacts and historic objects.

128 pages | 60 color plates | 7 x 10 | © 2003

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction and Greetings
 
1    The Different Disciplines
2    What Is a Petroglyph?  Types of Ancient Rock Art
3    The Road Towards the Sun
4    Why Kodiak Island?
5    The Cape Alitak Petroglyphs
6    Shamanism
7    North Cape Site
8    South Cape Site
9    The Goldmine Site
10  Stand-Alone-Rocks
11  Bear Point
12  Etiquette
13  Language
14  Tools
15  Folklore/Myths
 
Epilogue
Tell a Story
Appendix I:  Explanations for the Petroglyphs
Appendix II: The Power
Appendix III: Eye of the Bear
Glossary
Bibliography
The Author

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