Ontologies of Rock Art
Images, Relational Approaches and Indigenous Knowledges
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Ontologies of Rock Art is the first publication to explore a wide range of ontological approaches to rock art interpretation, constituting the basis for ground-breaking studies on Indigenous knowledges, relational metaphysics, and rock imageries.
The book contributes to the growing body of research on the ontology of images by focusing on five main topics: ontology as a theoretical framework; the development of new concepts and methods for an ontological approach to rock art; the examination of the relationships between ontology, images and Indigenous knowledges; the development of relational models for the analysis of rock images; and the impact of ontological approaches on different rock art traditions across the world.
Generating new avenues of research in ontological theory, political ontology and rock art research, this collection will be relevant to archaeologists, anthropologists, and philosophers. In the context of an increasing interest in Indigenous ontologies, the volume will also be of interest to scholars in Indigenous Studies.
Table of Contents
Foreword: What was an image, there and then?
Severin Fowles and Benjamin Alberti.
Introduction: Ontology, rock art research and the challenge of alterity
Oscar Moro Abadía and Martin Porr.
PART I: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives
Chapter 1. Rock art and the aesthetics of hyperobjects
Chapter 2. Rock art and the ontology of images: The ecology of images in hunter-gatherer and agrarian rock art
Andrew M. Jones
Chapter 3. Rock Art, shamanism, and the ontological turn
David S. Whitley
Chapter 4. Ontology and human evolution: Neanderthal ‘art’ and the method of controlled equivocation
Oscar Moro Abadía and Amy Chase
PART II: Rock Art and Indigenous Knowledges
Chapter 5. A lesson in time: Yanyuwa ontologies and meaning in the southwest Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia
John Bradley, Amanda Kearney and Liam M. Brady.
Chapter 6. Paradigm shifts and ontological turns at Cloggs Cave, Gunaikurnai Country, Australia, Bruno David et al
Chapter 7. Lines of Becoming: Rock Art, Ontology, and Indigenous Knowledge Practices
Chapter 8. Art, representation, and the ontology of images. Some considerations from the Wanjina Wunggurr cultural tradition, Kimberley, Northwest Australia
Chapter 9. Shifting ontologies and the use of ethnographic data in prehistoric rock art research
Inés Domingo Sanz
PART III: Humans, Animals, and More-Than-Human Beings
Chapter 10. ‘When elephants were people’: Elephant/human images of the Olifants River, Western Cape, South Africa
John Parkington and Jose M. de Prada-Samper
Chapter 11. Images-in-the-Making: Process and Vivification in Pecos River Style Rock Art
Carolyn E. Boyd
Chapter 12. Rock Art and relational ontologies in Canada
Chapter 13. An ontological approach to Saharan rock art
Chapter 14. The Faceless Men: Partial bodies and body parts in Scandinavian Bronze Age rock art
Chapter 15. Hunters and shamans, sex and death: Relational ontologies and the materiality of the Lascaux ‘shaft-scene’
Robert J. Wallis
PART IV. Syncretism, contact and contemporary rock art
Chapter 16. Communities of discourse: Contemporary graffiti at an abandoned Cold War radar station in Newfoundland
Peter Whitridge and James Williamson
Chapter 17. More than one world? Rock art that is Catholic and Indigenous in colonial New Mexico
Chapter 18. Kwipek, Mi’kma’ki: Pemiaq aqq pilua’sik ta’n tel amalilitu’n kuntewiktuk / Continuity and change in Mi’kmaw petroglyphs at Kwipek, Nova Scotia, Canada
Chapter 19. Indigenous ontologies and the contact rock art of Far West Texas
Chapter 20. When the virtual becomes actual: Indigenous ontologies within immersive reality environments
David Robinson, Colin Rosemont, Devlin Gandy and Brendan Cassidy
Oscar Moro Abadía works as Associate Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada). He specializes in the study of the history and the epistemology of Pleistocene art.
Martin Porr is Associate Professor of Archaeology and a member of the Centre for Rock Art Research + Management at the University of Western Australia.