Science, Math

NATIVE AMERICAN ROCK ART: MESSAGES FROM THE PAST, Yvette La Pierre, illustrated by Lois Sloan. Thomasson-Grant, Inc., One Morton Drive, Suite 500, Charlottesville, VA 22903-6806, (800) 999-1780, Illustrated, glossary, list of sites to visit. 48 pp., $16.95 cloth. 1-56566-064-1

La Pierre has produced a thorough, easy to read, and visually engaging investigation of pictographs and petroglyphs that are found in nearly every state in the U.S. and province of Canada. Included are explanations of how they were created, how paints were made to give them color, how they are dated, the various meanings associated with particular shapes, and problems with erosion and vandalism. Ages: 10+ Grade: A-. Reviewed by: Steve Brock

PG NOTE: This company had undergone some mergers. Calling them recently, I couldn't find anyone there who knew anything about this or any other educational materials or books they publish, or once published, or some now dissolved entity did. Somebody else is distributing them (but no one knew who). Too bad, because it sounds like a uniquely valuable and interesting addition to Native-centered science, especially relating to dating, weathering. Can't find it in any local libraries, either. Paula Giese

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