In the Morning House: The Redhorn Cycle Depicted in Rock Art from Kentucky

Author(s): Sarah Sherwood; Jan Simek; Alan Cressler

Year: 2018


This presentation reports on a new rock art site from Kentucky, brought to the authors' attention by local citizens. Inside a large sandstone rockshelter, more than a dozen black pictographs show several anthropomorphic characters. These images bear distinctive features and regalia associated with the "Redhorn Cycle" hero narrative reported by Paul Radin in 1948 from his ethnographic work among the Ho-Chunk. The rock art from this "Morning House" strongly resembles well-known Mississippian period paintings from the Gottschall Shelter in Wisconsin and some of the paintings in Picture Cave, Missouri. The similarities include both subject matter and how the images are rendered. Morning House extends the geographic range of the Redhorn rock art corpus to the Eastern Woodlands, east of the Mississippi River.

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In the Morning House: The Redhorn Cycle Depicted in Rock Art from Kentucky. Sarah Sherwood, Jan Simek, Alan Cressler. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444376)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.735; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -73.389; max lat: 39.572 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 20192