Rock Art conference – Lytton, BC [fr]
Following a first visit in September 2015 where he gave a series of conferences on rock art, renowned paleontologist Jean-Michel Geneste, Director of Scientific Studies at the Chauvet Cave in France, made a return to British Columbia.
Film screening The Last Passage
M. Geneste first presented his latest documentary at the DOXA documentary film festival. The Last Passage was shot entirely in 3D inside the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc, now closed to the public.
Archeological search and symposium
Former Director of the famed Lascaux cave site, he spent the last twenty years studying rock art sites as well as coordinating numerous prehistoric research.
This year’s searches were made in collaboration with Canadian scientists and First Nations representatives on the Similkameen territory. Mr. Jean-Jacques Delannoy, geomorphology specialist at the University of Savoie was also part of the research team. The latter gave a conference on his work on May 31st at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC.
At the end of their stay, M. Geneste was the keynote speaker at a conference on Rock Art, taking place in Lytton, BC on May 28th, 2016, where Mr. Delannoy also attended to co-present their work. French Ministry of Culture’s Genevieve Picon will also be present.
With the support of the Museum of Anthropology, and organised by the Nlaka’Pamux Tribal Council, 17 specialists on rock art studies spoke about their research on various aspects of rock art. Participants were to learn about the latest international and local research on pictographs (rock paintings) and petroglyphs (rock carvings).
The speakers program was as follows:
- Darwin Hanna. "Rock Art and Nlaka’pamux Aboriginal Title."
- Chris Arnett, archeologist. "Rock Art of Nlaka’pamux: Indigenous Theory and Practice on the British Columbia Plateau."
- Johnny Jones, Lil’wat First Nation. "Lil’wat Rock Art Painting."
- Brenda Gould and Mike Allison, Upper Similkameen Band. "New Directions in Sməlqmix Rock Art Research."
- Ron And Marianne Ignace. "Secwepmec Rock Art and Cultural Landscape"
- Aurora Skala from UVIC in Victoria, BC. " "Showing up" at Rock Art Sites: Ethical Behaviour While Using DStretch in Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv Territories on the BC Coast."
- Angela Clyburn, photograph. "D-Stretch photography and community recording."
- Dion Kaszas. "Whispers of the Ancestors: Indigenous Tattoo Revival and Rock Art."
- Nyra Chalmers from SFU in Vancouver, BC and Spencer Greening. "Negyeλka Adaawxgm Gitga’ata: Inscribing Gitga’ata Law".
- Andrew Martindale, from UBC Vancouver, BC. "The Politics of Art and the Art of Politics: the Story of Ligeex and the Tyee and Red Bluff Pictographs."
- Don Welsh. "Petroglyphs and Rock Features from Crescent Beach South."
- Morgan Ritchie and Willie Charlie, Sts’ailes First Nation. "Exploring Expressions of Sts’ailes History, Cosmology, and Cultural Practices through Rock Art, Traditional Narratives, and Archaeology."
- Bill Angelbeck, from Douglas College in Vancouver, BC. Rock "Art and Identity: Localized Rock Art Practices and Preferences in Coast Salish Territory."
- Gerard O’Regan, anthropologist. "Māori Rock Art and Belief of Place in New Zealand Archaeological Assessments."
- Juan Francisco Ruiz Lopez , Department of History, University of Castilla La Mancha. "Levantine Rock Art of Spain."
- Jean-Jacques Delannoy, University of Savoie (France). "The Contribution of 3D geomorphology in the Study of Rock Art Site: An example of the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave".
- -Jean-Michel Geneste, Director of Scientific Studies at the Chauvet Cave (France). "Visual Perception in Paleolithic European Rock Art. Learning from Chauvet-‐Pont d’Arc and Lascaux."