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October, 2011

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 Volume 3, Number 8     

October 25, 2011 

Also in this issue:
Research Team in Oregon
2012 Pecos Experience
Major Book Donation
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SHUMLA Seeks Emergency Support to Provide
Education Programming
for Del Rio Fourth Graders

Since 2003, fourth grade students in the San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District (SFDRCISD) have participated in SHUMLA education programs.  Each year, fourth grade classes have attended Knowledge Enriching Youth (KEY) programs.  These discovery-learning programs are both exciting and serve to make learning more accessible for students from this border school district.   

SHUMLA's canyons make an inspiring backdrop for any lesson.

For the first time in the program's history, SHUMLA may not be able to offer KEY programs for Del Rio fourth graders.  State budgetary cuts have eliminated the SFDRCISD funds required to maintain SHUMLA's yearly contract, and several foundations have turned down SHUMLA grant proposals, citing the increased pressure of higher-than-normal volumes of applications.    


Students participate in native plant study on SHUMLA's campus.
Stalwart SHUMLA supporters such as the Bank and Trust,  the Val Verde Community Foundation, several foundations from Houston and a few private donors have all given generously, but SHUMLA is $40,000 short of its funding goal.
Fourth graders practice ancient fire starting techniques.

To  ensure that SHUMLA can meet its commitment to these students, staff is reaching out to foundations and private donors, including eNews readers, for assistance.  Any donation can have an impact, so SHUMLA asks that you give generously to support these students.     


Readers of the eNews are encouraged to read these letters from students.                 

Research Team to Present at Oregon Archaeological Society

   On Tuesday, November 1st, 2011, SHUMLA Executive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd and Research Assistant Amanda Castaneda will present "South Texas Pecos River Rock Art" at an Oregon Archaeological Society meeting.  SHUMLA's presentation will focus on important sites such as Panther Cave and White Shaman, and will present both archeological and ethnographic information. 
Dr. Carolyn Boyd will present information on rock art recording, and will discuss the archeological and ethnographic significance of several sites.
On Saturday, November 5th, SHUMLA's presenters will conduct a follow-up workshop detailing specific rock art recording and documentation standards.  Topics will include data collection, motif classification, data storage/retrieval, and data manipulation. 
SHUMLA Research Assistant Amanda Castaneda will demonstrate techniques for rock art documentation.
Between presentations, SHUMLA staff will tour several key rock art sites in Oregon's Columbia Plateau and Northwest Coast regions to gain a better understanding of local site conditions.  Readers interested in SHUMLA's Oregon presentations can find out more at the Oregon Archaeological Society's website.  

SHUMLA Announces 2012 Pecos Experience

SHUMLA's next Pecos Experience will be held from March 26th to March 30th, 2012.  This Pecos Experience will offer a fresh, multi-focused learning experience for participants.  Dr. James Keyser, a renowned expert in rock art, will work with SHUMLA Executive Director Dr. Carolyn Boyd and SHUMLA Board President Elton Prewitt to showcase important features of regional archeological sites: incised and scratched petroglyphs and pictographs.
A pictograph with incisions at Halo Shelter.
Participants will work with SHUMLA's research team to explore the origins, uses and meanings of these fascinating rock art features.  They will visit sites throughout the Lower Pecos region, and will engage in discussions about how these archeological features are similar to petroglyphs in the Columbia Plateau region.

Click here to see the 2012 Pecos Experience flyer.    

SHUMLA Receives Rock Art Book Collection
from Private Donor   


In September, rock art enthusiast Mark Garrett donated his collection of rock art texts to SHUMLA's growing library.  The collection of 204 texts and a number of tribal art magazines strengthens SHUMLA's already voluminous and diverse holdings and reflects the truth of Garrett's opinion that rock art "encompasses everything from religion to astronomy to physics to aesthetics to preservation and education."   

SHUMLA Research Assistant Angel Johnson with a small portion of Mr. Garrett's collection.

Garrett, an attorney from Winter Park, Florida grew up in a family that frequently visited archeological sites, and he remembers encountering pictographs and petroglyphs from an early age.  When asked about what inspired the donation, Garrett stated, "I believe in what SHUMLA and the Rock Art Foundation are doing to preserve, protect and educate, so the donation was a natural conclusion."


SHUMLA is grateful to Mr. Garrett and his family for their generous donation.        


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