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PLAINS INDIAN PORTABLE ART AS A KEY TO TWO TEXAS HISTORIC ROCK ART SITES

Mark L. Parsons
Plains Anthropologist
Vol. 32, No. 117 (August 1987), pp. 257-274
Published by: Maney Publishing on behalf of the Plains Anthropological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25668693
Page Count: 18
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PLAINS INDIAN PORTABLE ART AS A KEY TO TWO TEXAS HISTORIC ROCK ART SITES
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Abstract

Study of two Texas rock art sites reveals that they can be interpreted, at least in part, by comparison with conventions and ideographs of known meaning found on portable art of the Plains Indians. One site, Mujares Creek, is tentatively linked to specific historic events, and a date for its execution is thus derived. Function of the rock art sites as coup recounting stations is suggested. This function implies repeated use of such sites, and suggests proximity of the rock art sites to frequently visited trails or campsites.

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