He is completing a book on Blackfoot pictography
for the University of Oklahoma Press.
That the poet makes no explanation for the symbolism of the poem elsewhere - including for the design of the symbolism embroidered on the hourson - does not make such emblems any less a part of this pictography
. Thus parrots and periwinkles, true-loves and turtle-doves are a commonplace manuscript border decoration, and appear described in those manuscripts sometimes, in various combinations.(7) There may be an association of the 'Tortors and trulofez' with constancy; it may be that the periwinkle's five-petalled flowers supply some unity with the central heraldic symbol of the poem.
Medieval artists had a different concern, with a form of pictography
rather than eye-witness depiction, which nevertheless contained remnants of the ancients' visual discoveries.
While living in Vienna he came under the influence of Otto Neurath, whom he later referred to as the "Father of Pictography
" (Modley 1976, p.
He uses his name as a motif, for example, but works it up into a pictography
of things that actually crash, as though within the frame of a comic strip.
of Alberta, Canada and member of the Blood Tribe of the Blackfoot Indians) surveys the representations of war in Blackfoot pictography
from 1810 until 2000.
More surprisingly, Kilroe lists at length correspondences between PSL and Mayan and Mixtec pictography
. As opposed to some of the glyphs found in the continental United States, the Mayan and Mixtec figures seem to all be of the sort of the sign for Kiowa above--a figure gesturing the sign rather than a reproduction of the pattern of the sign like that for "snow" or "sacred place" first noted.