Native American Rock Art & Native Wisdom
First published in 1993, Painted Dreams contains additional traditional teachings and photographs. Painted Dreams presents carved and painted images created by native artists and shamans through the ages across North America from the cold coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia, to the boreal forests of northern Ontario and along the edge of the British Columbia rainforests.
Painted Dreams explores all aspects of rock art, from the pragmatic to the mystical: How old is rock art? Why are pictographs so amazingly durable? Who created these images? And most importantly, what are the secret meanings reaching across time in the paintings and carvings?
“If you deny the spiritual, it’s like sitting in a house and saying there is no wind. The sacred mountains and cliffs are the important places in your life. If we don’t feel them, if we only see them, then we are the ones who are dumb. All the knowledge you will ever need is out there in nature.”
“Three environments are often depicted on the rock walls: the personal, often directed inward through vision questing or the shaman’s journey; the community, where rock art is part of an established sacred site; and ultimately, the intertwined landscapes of the natural world. These sites provide settings where we can see our intuitive relationship to nature. ”
“Fortunate in having an elderly shaman to induct him, he [Thor Conway] came to see how the landscape is viewed quite differently by Native Americans.”
“An absolute must read for those interested not only in the science of the ‘rock art’, but the many layers of culture, connection to the Earth, and spirituality beneath.”