With hockey sidelined for a few days, there’s no excuse for Vancouverites not to take in an interesting-looking talk on rock art of the Stein River Valley tonight, sponsored by the Archaeological Society of British Columbia, “Vancouver Chapter”.
The talk, entitled “Rock Art Science in the Stein River Valley, British Columbia”, will be given by Chris Arnett, a UBC graduate student and experienced rock art researcher. It is open to the public and free of charge, starting at 7.00 p.m. at the Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street in Kitsilano (map). The link at the ASBC website is borked, so the abstract is here for posterity:
Rock art is found on every continent and is part of the cultural heritage of many peoples but there are few places in the world where direct historical and cultural continuity exists between those who made the art and the contemporary people. In places where this continuity does exist knowledge regarding rock art is controlled and not always accessible to non-indigenous people. When access is made available and information shared there can be prejudice towards indigenous ways of knowledge in favour of fashionable (historically contingent) theories of researchers. Early 21 century research shifts from a hermeneutic rock art research to a rock art science that combines forensic archaeology with Indigenous theory. My presentation will trace the dynamics of rock art research over a 125 year period in a place renowned for its rock art, the Stein River Valley of British Columbia, and suggest that the combined interests of researchers and indigenous people has potential to produce mutually constructed histories.
Thats awesome, i live too far away to attend, like the topic. Heiltsuk territory abounds with rock art
I really need to check your blog more often, because this would have been a fascinating talk to take in.
When I in Gr. 10, many years ago, my geography teacher took our class on a two-day hike up the Stein Valley, and as we crossed under the massive cliffs he pointed out some of the amazing rock art. I don’t remember any of the specific pieces, but he said much of it could be interpreted as depicting an ancient trade route between the BC coast and prairies. Other pieces showed supernatural creatures, possibly deities, shamans or spirit animals.