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Naturalist Field Day: Investigating Montana Pictographs

June 17, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

$70 – $80
A pictograph of a human-like figure painted on a stony cliff.

Beautiful and enigmatic rock art adorns cliff walls and boulders throughout western Montana. These pictographs are the eastern extension of a style called the Columbia Plateau tradition. Up to 7,000 years since the creation of tallies and dream-like animal forms, we are left to ponder their meaning and choice of location.

Rock art expert Dr. Jim Keyser leads a unique opportunity to view and understand our local pictographs. We will travel to Kila (near Kalispell) to view and learn about superb examples of vision-quest style Columbia Plateau rock art. We’ll start the day with a lecture on the meaning, techniques, and distribution of Columbia Plateau rock art. We will then travel to the field site to analyze the pictographs firsthand.  With Jim we will not only examine fascinating pictographs, but we will learn more about the people who lived here–their culture, their religion, and how they used the land.

Dr. Jim Keyser is the author of Indian Rock Art of the Columbia Plateau in addition to many other books and papers. He is considered a leading expert on pictographs of the Columbia Plateau and Plains tradition and Plains Indian ledger art.

We will meet early, 7:00 a.m., and drive to Kalispell. Please bring lunch, water, and clothes appropriate for the weather.
Note: This Naturalist Field Day does include long periods of time on a bus. We will return to MNHC by 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. Registration is required.

Cost: $70 MNHC members; $80 non-members



June 17, 2017
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
$70 – $80
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