Edward J. Lenik is the president and principal investigator of Sheffield Archaeological Consultants, a cultural resource management firm in Wayne, New Jersey. An authority on rock art in the Northeast, he has led workshops on artifact analysis and archaeology lab work at New Jersey museums. He is the author of Making Pictures in Stone: American Indian Rock Art of the Northeast and Picture Rocks: American Indian Rock Art in the Northeast Woodlands.
"Rock art is a sacred, spiritually potent part of Indian lifeways.
Native groups saw spirit in all things. They saw and depicted
spirit in these images. Indian myths and legends inform us,
providing greater understanding of these images. Images of mythical
creatures such as serpents and thunderbirds, for example, are found
throughout North America. Each tribe sees these mythical figures
differently and depicts them in rock art. The myths and stories
surrounding these beings also differ in detail but hold a common
element of what these spirit beings mean to the various Indian
--from the Introduction
"A must for those interested in Native American art and culture. Essential."