Honoring Ancient Ancestors: How We Can Use the Lessons of the Past to Build a Better Future

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Date: September 21, 2015
Contact: Cristy Brown, 970-529-4608

On Thursday, September 24, 2015, at the Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park, rock art researcher David Lee will explore how we can learn from the past to help us build a better future. The program begins at 7:00 pm and is free to the public.

Over a century of research has shown that indigenous cultures across the world are based on mutual respect, reciprocation, and responsibility. While we cannot return to forager lifestyles, we can respect and utilize knowledge that was learned over millennia to help us connect on a personal and social level to each other and to the world around us. A return to this spirit of cooperation can play a vital role in addressing and alleviating the problems facing humans in contemporary times.

David Lee is a rock art researcher, author, and lecturer focusing on the function and context of rock art in the Great Basin and the Mojave Desert, and the ethnography of Australian rock art. For the last nine years he has been studying rock art and associated traditional knowledge in the Northern Territory of Australia with Aboriginal Elder Bill Harney, and has gained rare insight into the function of rock art and the complexity of Aboriginal ceremonial life.

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, Dept. 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.

For a list of other programs in the series, go to www.mesaverde.org/four-corners-lecture-series.

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Last updated: September 22, 2015

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