The Landscape of Klamath Rock Basin Art



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Robert David’s presentation is based on his dissertation research, in which he considers how rock art imagery in the Klamath Basin served different purposes within three different socially-constructed contexts. Specifically, he analyzes rock art within settlement sites (villages, large seasonal camps), frequently used areas (popular springs, trails, work areas), and special use areas (caves, high mountain retreats), which are in some way separate from the mundane world. “Meaning” is explored within each of these contexts.

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Robert David is a member of the Klamath Tribes and a graduate of Portland State University (MA) the University of California Berkeley (PhD). In both programs, he focused his research on Klamath Basin rock art. He currently teaches courses at Portland State University and work as an archaeological contractor. At present, he is working on two projects that involve Petroglyph Point, Lava Beds National Monument. The first is a book based on research on the monument over the past seven years and the second is a film documentary, which is a community-based effort with the Klamath Tribes, Lava Beds National Monument staff, and members of the general public.


Petroglyphs -- Klamath Basin Oregon, Rock Art -- Klamath Basin Oregon



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The Landscape of Klamath Rock Basin Art