Ghost dancing the grand canyon: Southern Paiute rock art, ceremony, and cultural landscapes

Richard W. Stoffle, Lawrence Loendorf, Diane E. Austin, David B. Halmo, Angelita Bullets

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Combining rock art studies with ethnohistory, contemporary ethnographic analysis, and the interpretations of people who share the cultural traditions being studied, this paper documents a rock art site in Kanab Creek Canyon that appears to have been the location of a Ghost Dance ceremony performed by Southern Paiute and perhaps Hualapai people in the late 1800s. Using the site as a point of departure, it focuses on the way in which synergistic associations among place, artifact, resources, events, and historic and contemporary Indian people contribute to the construction of a contextual cultural landscape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-38
Number of pages28
JournalCurrent Anthropology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology

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