Arizona Archaeological Society



Desert Foothills Chapter - Monthly Meeting

  • 08 May 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Community Building (Maitland Hall) at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (near the Dairy Queen)

DFC-AAS: May 8 – Janine Hernbrode

Janine Hernbrode presents, Patterns in Petroglyphs: Hints of the Hohokam Cosmology on the Landscape.  One is nice; two is interesting; three is a pattern.  Fifteen years of rock art recording on four major petroglyph sites in Southern Arizona has enabled assembly of motif details, drawings and photographs of more than 16,000 glyphs located in landscapes with similar characteristics.  This is a vast collection of data in searchable spreadsheets representing images known to anthropologists for some time recording the belief systems of the inhabitants.  By carefully recording these images, we can say we have found no scenes of everyday life, of grinding corn, or plans for constructing pit houses.  The basis for belief is interwoven into lines and circles and more complex images placed carefully on the landscape.  By applying the methods of science to the patterns observed, by working with ethnographic accounts and linguistic analysis by others, and by consulting with indigenous people we gained some understanding and identified threads of continuity between Native American belief systems and the rock art motifs.  This talk is about a tiered universe, how and in what form people emerged from a lower world, flowers and their connections, bell rocks, and the importance of the boulder upon which the petroglyph was made.  These basic understandings can enhance your own visits and enjoyment of petroglyph sites.

Janine Hernbrode is an independent rock art recorder and researcher based in and working near Tucson, Arizona.  Wary of becoming relentless quantifiers through rock art recording, she and her research partner, Dr. Peter Boyle, worked together to collect and analyze data obtained from their recordings of Tumamoc Hill (a three-year project of the Archaeological and Historical Society and the University of Arizona), the Sutherland Wash Rock Art District (a six-year project for the Coronado National Forest), Cocoraque Butte and Cocoraque Ranch (a five-year project for the Bureau of Land Management, the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society, and the private owner of Cocoraque Ranch).  Peter and Janine demonstrate that ethnographic and linguistic information can suggest links to both sacred landscapes and some motifs found in rock art.  Janine is the Leader of the Rock Band, a group of volunteer rock art recorders whose work was honored by the State Historic Preservation Office.  Janine and the Rock Band currently are working to inventory and record the rock art in the Tucson Mountain District of Saguaro National Park as part of an effort to understand the variety of sites in a portion of the Avra Valley.

Reception and socialization at 7:00 pm, program begins approximately 7:30 pm.

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