Online Rock Art Lectures
Previous ARARA online lectures can be viewed on our Youtube channel.
May 8, 2021: Spirit Songs and Sacred Fire: Considering Native Perspectives through an Understanding of Klamath Basin Myth - Robert David Register
Petroglyph Point is a large rock art site located in what is today known as the Lava Beds National Monument. According to local sacred narratives, The Peninsula is the Klamath-Modoc people’s creation point. For over a century, the petroglyphs on this monument have presented something of a mystery to park visitors and rock art researchers alike. Starting in the early 20th Century, writers and researchers attempted to explain these petroglyphs from a variety of perspectives. Conspicuously missing from these writings, however, were the voices of those who actually produced the petroglyphs- the Klamath and Modoc people themselves. Information preserved in our sacred narratives (i.e. myths), supplemented by early ethnographic and ethno-historic accounts, coupled with comparisons with other Klamath Basin rock art sites, demonstrate that we have retained a substantial amount of information about Petroglyph Point and our Klamath Basin rock art heritage as a whole.