Anna Blume: On the Study of Archaic Native North American Bannerstones
As early as 6,000 BCE Native North Americans east of the Mississippi selected a vast array of stones to carefully carve into enigmatic shapes with drill holes down the center. Thousands of these stones are in private and public art and archaeological collections, even thousands more are still deep in the ground. Hypothesizing what these stones meant to the nomadic people who made them brings us directly into the deep geologic and human history of North America, challenging us into a nuanced and authentic relationship to an often unseen and unknown past so profoundly relevant in the present.
To learn more about the project, visit the Archaic Bannerstone Project website.
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Presented by the Department of Art History as part of the 2020-2021 Smart Lecture series supported by the Smart Family Foundation.
Image: Curved Pick Bannerstone, Glenn Falls, New York, 6,000 – 1,000 BCE, banded slate, h. 2.7, w. 13.6 cm; AMNH DN/128 (Photography Courtesy of Anna Blume, 2017).