This month's Zoom presentation Chuck LaRue will be talking about birds and bird imagery in the Puebloan culture of the Colorado Plateau. Chuck is a wildlife biologist and naturalist who has worked extensively with birds on the Colorado Plateau and other areas of the Southwest for 35 years. He may be known to many of you for his work with Dr. Laurie Webster on the Cedar Mesa Perishable Project. Modern Puebloan peoples of the Colorado Plateau have deep and ancient relationships with the birds of the region, and traces of these still living relationships are often preserved in the archaeological record. Bird imagery and depictions of bird behavior appear in prehistoric rock art, ceramics, jewelry, and basketry. Birds figure in many of the Puebloan creation stories and in many aspects of the Puebloan universe. Even today a great variety of feathers are still used in myriad religious and utilitarian contexts. In this talk we will explore expressions of this ancient Southwestern ornithological tradition.
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