"I have demonstrated in 2014 that the two large panels named Newspaper Rock, on in Monticello, both contain the much more complex, universally standard, subconscious ‘grammar’ of the visual expression of culture."
Are you sure you are not having an axial grind by your superimposition of a constellation grid upon every conceivable cultural artifact? In doing so you are as much engaged in mythopoeia as I am, so please do not try to dress yourself in the scientist's garb.
The Scottish word for poet is makar, "maker," and thus we as contemporary humans indeed make meaning. Here is my take on the Seven Caves from my book [www.amazon.com]
Chicomoztoc, the Nahua’s primordial Seven Caves (or perhaps a single, seven-lobed cave) inside the bent hill Colhua, contained the original eight tribes. At the center we see the Chichimeca leader in a colloquy with Huitzilopochtli. At the far end of the cavern is the glyph 1 Flint, which symbolizes the North but also refers specifically to 1168 AD, the date on which the tribes departed from Aztlán to journey to their ultimate home in the Valley of Mexico, arriving around 1248. On top of the cave are the native cacti of this arid region. Xolotl is the dog-headed deity of fire, lightning, the underworld, and death.
"He [by the way, Schaafsma is female] implies a culture is unique enough to be “almost totally lost.” I have found that culture is self-sustaining, self-mutating, and never lost. Thus it is never “re-discovered”, but perpetually re-expressed." In the quarter century I have live in Arizona I have seen a great loss of the Hopi culture, both in ceremonial detail and legends. The heartbreak of this sort perhaps you have not seen there, but I would guess that the Khoisan at Platfontein is undergoing a similar degenerative process.
"Your source, and you, firmly believe that “the sacred dimension and certain related practices of the prehistoric period" were different at other times, and in other places." Of course they were different. E.g. the katsina cult did not take hold in the Southwest until the end of the 13th century AD. Before that other sacred dimensions were in play.
"Genetic culture’ is a common or garden belief formalised by Nazi Germany, colonial powers, and other oppressors. It is no longer articulated in anthropology, but remains part of the paradigm of the humanities."
Let's talk commonsense. Various cultural groups, or tribes, carrying specific mitochrondrial and Y-chromosome characteristics bring with them discrete cultures, which, as you say, they either impose on the conquered or they are assimilated by the conquered. (The latter, "going native.") The degree to which cultural influence works both ways cannot be determined. Historic cultural diffusion can BE MAPPED by the geographic spread of specific genetic makeups. For instance: [natgeoeducationblog.files.wordpress.com]
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