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  • Rock art and a climate of change

    It’s hot out there.  And dry. 

    Late June, camping and hiking within the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge, I saw low lake levels, slow water flow.  While standing at a rock art panel, or on the rim above, and immersing in the view, I find it compelling to try to imagine how the terrain may have been experienced when the makers of the petroglyphs occupied or traversed this country.  And how changing climate and shifting geologic cycles discouraged, sustained, or enhanced travels and lifeways. 

    Rock art appears to me as a marker of movement, be it physical or psychic, practical or spiritual. The images reside in layers, simultaneously time-dependent and timeless.

    Today, I feel the acceleration of climate change and the rapid and profound warming of the air, water, and land.  Rock art does not offer a precise answer – yet it does help refine my understanding of place and change.

    Petroglyph panel, south of Hart Mountain, June 2013. Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge Petroglyphs