Closer than We Know: Comparing the Rock Art of Australia and North America
Speaker: David Lee
October 24, 2013, 6pm
Deer Valley Rock Art Center
3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix, AZ
Both Australia and the New World were originally colonized by people who brought with them rich spiritual and symbolic systems. These people successfully adapted to major environmental changes, and these adaptations may be reflected in the paintings and engravings they left on cliff faces and on shelter walls. Despite being a world apart, there are a surprising number of parallels in the production, evolution, and context of rock art on the two continents. Viewing rock art with a global perspective highlights both the similarities and the differences of people surviving under similar circumstances. This lecture will investigate the rock art of both continents, focusing on environmental and cultural context, ethnography, and current research trends.
David Lee is an independent rock art researcher, focusing on the function and context of Native American rock art in the Great Basin and the Mojave Desert. He is a founding member of Western Rock Art Research, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and management of rock art. He has documented rock art in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Idaho and Australia, and has co-authored several papers and reports on the Mojave Desert, eastern California, and Australia. For the last seven years he has been documenting rock art and associated traditional stories in northern Australia.
Sponsored by Project Humanities and the ASU School of International Letters and Cultures
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