Dr. Richard A. Rogers will discuss his newest book, Petroglyphs, Pictographs, and Projections: Native American Rock Art in the Contemporary Cultural Landscape.
Recent decades have seen an upsurge in interest in indigenous rock art sites. Focusing on the southwestern U.S., this book critically examines the contemporary implications of the interpretation, appropriation, commodification, and management of indigenous rock art.
Neither archaeological interpretations nor commercial reproductions of rock art operate in a cultural vacuum but are deeply embedded in existing narratives about Native Americans. For those interested in rock art as a window into indigenous cultures of the past, our contemporary projections of meanings are of great concern. Applying the tools of critical/cultural studies to both academic and popular discourse, Rogers explores the implications of such projections for rock art studies, con- temporary gender dynamics, and the neo-colonial relationship between Euro-Americans and Native Americans.
“Archaeologists and historic preservation specialists certainly need to read this. Rock art enthusiasts need to read this. Park rangers need to read this. And others should read it—the unsettling messages and useful critical methods are broadly important, and the focus on rock art delivers an appealing, fun, and attractive way to ‘get it.’ There are no other books that do what this one does.” — Kelley Hays-Gilpin, professor, Northern Arizona University and Edward Bridge Danson Chair of Anthropology at the Museum of Northern Arizona
Richard Rogers has been exploring the natural and cultural environments of the Southwest for over 25 years, and has served as an Arizona Site Steward and volunteer for the Coconino National Forest since 2000. He is a rock art enthusiast, avocational archaeologist, cultural critic, and Professor of Communication at Northern Arizona University.
Lectures are free and open to the public.