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Conference will feature Indigenous perspectives on pictographs and petroglyphs


Compiled by Debora Steel







May 9, 2016

A historic rock art conference that will bring together the leading Indigenous rock art scholars in British Columbia, as well as  scholars from Spain, France and New Zealand, will be hosted for the first time ever by Indigenous people.

Participants will learn about the latest international and local research on pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (rock carvings).

The conference will be held in Lytton, B.C. near the Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park river valley and its rock art sites.

Illustrated talks will be held on May 28 at the Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux School and will feature 16 specialists on rock art studies. They’ll speak about their research on various aspects of rock art.

Registration includes nutrition breaks during the day and an evening banquet and keynote speech by French rock art specialist Professor Jean-Michel Geneste. Evening cultural sharing is planned to follow the dinner, with many Nations sharing their traditional ways.

"Anyone interested in rock art, wherever it is found, will not want to miss this world class event," said Chris Arnett of UBC and the Nlaka’pamux Rock Art Conference. Meet Nlaka’pamux and other Indigenous artisans showcasing and selling their diverse artworks.

For additional information, contact the Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council and John Haugen at 250-455-2711.

Ticket information for this coference.