Our fourth lecture of the 2023 series will be presented by Dr. Matthew Martinez of the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project. His talk, Geographies of the Sacred, will draw upon landscapes and rock images that reflect movement and living histories. Despite an ongoing misrepresentation of being non-literate, Indigenous people have always been skilled at documenting stories. Tewa people view themselves within a larger ecological system interconnected to all things living. Mesa Prieta or Tsikwaye is one example of a vast landscape comprised of more than 100,000 petroglyphs and archaeological features that date back thousands of years. Located on the northern Rio Grande region, this place is embedded in stories that are foundational to sharing New Mexico histories and beyond.
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