Heritage, Volume 8, Number 2, Spring 1990 Page: 24
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SHORT REVIEWS BY JOHN PETERSON
Great Plains Interlopers
in the Eastern
Woodlands during Late
LeRoy Johnson, Jr.,Office of the State Archeologist
Report 36, Texas Historical Commission.
Most governmental publications are
turgid and dull and directed toward a gray
audience of managers and managees. On
the other hand, the Texas Historical
Commission has produced over the last few
years a bright and interesting series of
reports that put most other archaeological
reports to shame. They are generally wellwritten
and thoughtful, and the current
volume is no exception. In fact, this
volume by LeRoy Johnson is good reading.
Johnson examines the distribution of
Late Paleoindian projectile points from
Central Texas to the Ozarks, and assesses
the meaning of projectile point design and
the changes from area to area along the
western margin of the eastern woodlands.
His analysis of the lithic materials, styles,
and production techniques is provocative
No space is wasted on pages of
superfluous technical data. Rather,
Johnson's sharp insights are directed
Johnson recounts analogies with
known ethnographic contexts and,
weaving in some of the best of recent
archaeological theory, develops a
compelling case for the evaluation of
ethnic boundaries during the Late
Because of the breadth of Johnson's
analysis, his erudite approach to
archaeological writing, and the basic grasp
of humanity implicit in his interpretations,
this volume will be of interest
to a wide audience.
This book might introduce readers to
other publications by the Texas Historic
Vision: The Visionary
Image in Texas
Lynne Adele, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery
at the University of Texas at Austin, University of
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This marvelous study in images was
prepared as a catalogue for an exhibition
organized by the Archer M. Huntington
Art Gallery. The works of six visionary
black folk artists are celebrated in this
volume. I only wish that more of the
reproductions were printed in color.
When I saw the show at the
Huntington I was drawn into the exhi
bition by the vibrance and exuberance of
the paintings. Some, like those of John W.
Banks of San Antonio, are of rural and
small town scenes. Juneteenth Celebration,
1983, done in ballpoint, watercolor, felt tip
marker, and crayon on poster board, evokes
a Texas folk celebration complete with
Self-trained, folk artist Ezekiel Gibbs'
work is reminiscent of Chagall-strong
visual statements with splashes of color
and form depicting farm life in thecountry
The spirit-veil paintings of Frank
Jones from Clarksville in Red River
County in East Texas are intricate folk
statements in soft colored pencil with
angels and devils. His choice of medium
was limited to what was available to him in
prison. Black History/Black Vision is a fine
catalogue of a remarkable exhibition.
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