Bird of Power
By Larry Loendorf, PhD
August 2, 2018
Join us for our August Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expedition lecture. Dr. Larry Loendorf presents Bird of Power. The talks in this series are free, and take place in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium.
Peoples and cultures worldwide recognize a tiered universe with multiple layers; the numbers and names vary from group to group, but they include sky, ground, water, underground, and underwater realms. Images at rock art sites frequently replicate a world view. In Wyoming’s Dinwoody rock art, for example, bird images are common at high elevations while there are more pictures of snakes and turtles at low elevations. In other places, the model is within the same site, with birds at the top of the panel and snakes at the bottom, or birds on the ceiling where they belong in the sky.
Loendorf presents an illustrated discussion on painted caves and rock art sites where he has recorded images of birds. The presentation ranges from the painted birds on “star ceiling” sites; birds that deliver messages from the ground to the sky; and the birds—including mythical ones—that dominate Dinwoody petroglyphs.
About our speaker
Larry Loendorf is an archaeologist who received BA and MA degrees from the University of Montana, and a PhD from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He taught anthropology and archaeology at the University of North Dakota for 21 years and then at New Mexico State University for ten years before retiring from university teaching and research. He currently directs Sacred Sites Research, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit company that he founded with his wife Paula. A primary goal of the company is to protect rock art sites across the American West.
Draper Natural History Museum Lunchtime Expeditions are supported in part by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Foundation.
Join us the first Thursday of each month February through December for a Lunchtime Expedition! These free lectures explore a variety of natural history subjects and issues. Lectures take place in our Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Upcoming Lunchtime Expeditions
- September 6: Holly Copeland with Smart Siting: The First Step in Minimizing Impacts of Wind Energy for Wildlife
- October 4: Zach Wallace with Golden Eagle Conservation in the Wyoming Basin Ecoregion
- November 1: Bonnie Lawrence-Smith with Cry to Heaven: Golden Eagles and Thunderbirds in the Bighorn Basin
- December 6: Bryan Bedrosian with Beyond Borders, Bird Migrations To, From, and Through the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem