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CRAF is pleased to announce that we recently elected three new members to our Board. Please help us give a warm welcome to William D. Hyder, Betsy A. Lindsay, and Paul Goldsmith. We look forward to working with them.
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We bid best wishes to Mary Gorden who has decided to retire from the CRAF Board in order to devote more time to other areas of her life. Mary is one of the few original founders of CRAF and was instrumental in making CRAF's launch a success. We are extremely thankful for her countless contributions to CRAF and to the field of rock art studies. We are sad to have her leave our Board, but we hope we'll see her around.
We wish Mary good luck in all her endeavors.
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The Rock Art 101 Seminar scheduled for October 22 has been postponed until the spring. However, the field trip to Little Petroglyph Canyon on Sunday, October 23 is still being offered. To attend this trip, a base access form must be submitted in advance. The deadline to submit the form is September 12. If you would like to attend this field trip, please visit our event page to register, or email Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Upcoming Lecture by Dr. Alan Garfinkel Gold
Myth, Ritual and Rock Art: Decorated Animal People
and Animal Masters of the Coso Range
One of the more spectacular expressions of prehistoric rock art in all of North America is the petroglyph concentration in the Coso Range of eastern California. These glyphs have played a prominent role in attempts to understand forager religious iconography. Four decades ago, Heizer and Baumhoff (1962) concluded that Great Basin petroglyphs were associated with hunting large game and were intended to supernaturally increase success in the hunt. Similarly, in their seminal work Grant et al. (1968) concluded that the mountain sheep drawings of the Coso region bolstered the hunting magic hypothesis. However, this hypothesis has become increasingly marginalized by a prevailing view that considers most rock art as an expression of individual shamanistic endeavor (cf. Lewis-Williams and Dowson, 1988; Whitley, 1994; Whitley and Loendorf, 1994). This presentation explores comparative ethnologic and archaeological evidence supporting (in a fashion) the hunting magic hypothesis. Garfinkel places this explanatory framework in a larger context based on a contemporary understanding of comparative religion and the complexity of forager symbolism.
Garfinkel concludes that Great Basin rock art drawings may simultaneously represent both the source of supernatural power and the dream and trance world that gave access to it: the Master of the Game Animals. He attempts to develop a multilayered structure of interpretation tailored to the representations of what a shaman (ritualist, trancer) experiences and describes and what he or she has been socialised to expect, in terms of Native cosmology and one that models; mythology, ritual and religious tenets providing the material for understanding the altered state experience and the rock drawing pictures.
Friday, November 4, 7:00 p.m.
Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, County Governmental Center
Highway 49, Nevada City, CA.
For more information, contact Jane York at 530-575-2230
Upcoming CRAF Events
Rock Art 101
October 22-23, 2016
Field Trip to Little Petroglyph Canyon
November 12, 2016
Click on our events page for more info or to register.
African Rock Art Management and the Case of Birnin Kudu Rock Art Center Jigawa, Nigeria
The California Rock Art Foundation (CRAF)