Event: A Painted Landscape: Myth and Ritual in Lower Pecos Rock Art

Date & Time

February 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
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Contact Information

Michelle Jacobson


California NanoSystems Institute Auditorium

Event Type

Cotsen Public Lecture

Event Details

The Lower Pecos Canyonlands of southwest Texas and Coahuila, Mexico house some of the most spectacularly complex rock art of the ancient world. Approximately 4000 years ago, hunter-gatherers began transforming this region into a painted landscape. Perhaps the greatest of these masterpieces is the White Shaman mural, an intricate Pecos River style painting that spans twenty-six feet in length and thirteen feet in height. Drawing on twenty-five years of archaeological research, as well as insight from ethnohistory and art history, Carolyn Boyd identifies patterns in the art that relate, in stunning detail, to the mythologies of Uto-Aztecan speaking peoples, including the Aztec and the contemporary Huichol. Analysis of these patterns led to the identification of the White Shaman mural as an ancient visual narrative relating a story of the birth of the sun and the beginning of time.

California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA
570 Westwood Plaza Building 114
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Reception on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:00pm with the program at 7:00pm

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Carolyn E. Boyd, Ph.D.

Founder of Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

Research Professor at Texas State