Minnesota Historical Society

The Jeffers Petroglyphs

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Native American Rock Art on the Midwestern Plains. Second Edition - Revised and Enhanced

The Jeffers Petroglyphs site on the plains of southwestern Minnesota is one of the largest and oldest surviving concentrations of Native American rock art in the Upper Midwest. It is truly a world-class site. The red rock face of this site is covered with at least 2,000 representations of animals, human beings, hunting and warfare motifs, dream and shamanistic symbols, geometric forms, and other subjects that were carved during a period that began about five thousand years ago and continued until about 1650 A.D. These mysterious carvings still retain their spiritual and aesthetic power.

In The Jeffers Petroglyphs: Native American Rock Art on the Midwestern Plains,Kevin L. Callahan offers a well-rounded survey and analysis of this major North American archaeological site that will be of deep interest to rock art enthusiasts and scholars, and the general public. Sections on Native American belief systems, motifs and symbols depicted at the site, analyses of the images, and "Frequently Asked Questions" present readers with an overall view of one of the most intriguing places that has survived from ancient times to the present in the United States. Illustrated with numerous drawings and photographs, The Jeffers Petroglyphs also features a large, removable map that can be used as a walking guide by visitors to the site.

Kevin L. Callahan received a master's degree in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in archaeology and international rock art studies. He has taught courses on the anthropology of rock art at the University of Minnesota and researched the rock art of the Upper Midwest, Hawaii, and Scotland.

-Prairie Smoke Press

  • By: Kevin L. Callahan
  • Publisher: Prairie Smoke Press (2001)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970448217
  • Format: Paperback, 115 pages, 8.8 x 8.2 x 0.5 inches

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