Stone by Stone Exploring Ancient Sites on the Canadian Plains by Liz Bryan
In this unique guidebook, author Liz Bryan takes readers on a fascinating journey across the short-grass prairie in search of the region's ancient past. It belongs primarily to the First Nations, the inhabitants who occupied what is today southern Alberta and Saskatchewan for at least 12,000 years. They were nomads, anchoring their lives to the buffalo, upon which they depended for virtually everything: food, shelter, clothing and implements. Touching the land only lightly in their seasonal buffalo rounds, the First People nevertheless left signs of their passage—in enduring stone. Bryan finds settlements still marked by the circles of stone that held down the First Peoples' tipi homes, and larger circles that archaeologists call "ceremonial" for want of a proven purpose. Her journeys include buffalo jumps, vision quest sites, enigmatic cairns and medicine wheels, no two alike, and the great puzzles of the effigies, figures of men and beasts laid out on hilltops. And there are rock art sites where the ancients inscribed the pictures and symbols of their world, allowing us to see, however briefly and imperfectly, into their lives.
Many of these sites can be visited today. Stone by Stone is a guidebook to these places, with directions and explanations, maps, colour photographs and drawings—everything you need to find your way and to understand the significance when you arrive. On the road or in the armchair, Stone by Stone will help you to discover the fascinating ancient world.
Stone by Stone: Exploring Ancient Sites on the Canadian Plains by Liz Bryan 9781927051146 BISAC: HIS006000 BISAC: HIS028000 ebook $11.99