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Animal symbolism in the rock art of the Sonoran Desert

Author(s): Julio Amador

Year: 2015

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In this paper we propose a line of interpretation referred to the symbolism attributed to the zoomorphic figures, present in the rock art of the Sonoran Desert. We confront the results of rock art analysis and classification with a systematic study of the myths and legends of the Uto-aztecan cultural groups that lived in the region, when Europeans arrived. We pay special attention to the traditions of the O’odham, who inhabited the Sonoran Desert where we can find the rock art that belongs to the Trincheras Culture of northwestern Sonora. Though, as several ethnographers that have studied the traditions of the Uto-aztecan groups of western and northwestern Mexico and of the Southwest have pointed out, we can find very important coincidences in all of them, as well as in the rock art figures of northwestern Mexico and the American Southwest. By these means we can begin to build a regional and cultural perspective of rock art analysis and interpretation.

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Animal symbolism in the rock art of the Sonoran Desert. Julio Amador. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395809)


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min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America