Birds in Ancestral Pueblo Rock Art and Culture

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Date: June 21, 2015
Contact: Carol Sperling, 970-529-4628

On Thursday, June 25, at 7:00 pm in the Far View Lodge, Mesa Verde National Park will host well-known rock art researcher and author Sally J. Cole. Ms. Cole will discuss bird figures found in petroglyphs and paintings of the Ancestral Pueblo tradition in the Four Corners region. Although symbolism and activities surrounding prehistoric depictions and use of birds and feathers are obscured by time, archeology and ethnohistorical accounts offer insights into the rich and complex relationships between Puebloan peoples and birds over time.

This program is part of the annual Four Corners Lecture Series, which features presentations about the archeology, current Native American cultures, history, and natural resources of this spectacular area. All programs are free and open to the public.

Sally J. Cole is adjunct faculty member of the Department of Anthropology at Fort Lewis College, research associate with the museum of Natural History, and a consulting archaeologist working on the Colorado Plateau for over thirty years.  She is author of three books including the 2012 revised edition of Legacy on Stone: Rock Art of the Colorado Plateau and Four Corners Region and numerous professional reports, articles, and papers.

The Four Corners Lecture Series is sponsored by Anasazi Heritage Center; ARAMARK Parks and Destinations; Bureau of Land Management; Cortez Cultural Center; Crow Canyon Archaeological Center; Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum; Fort Lewis College Office of the President, Department of Anthropology and Center of Southwest Studies; Hisatsinom Chapter Colorado Archaeological Society; KSJD Dryland Community Radio; Mesa Verde Foundation; Mesa Verde Museum Association; and Mesa Verde National Park.

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Last updated: June 21, 2015

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