Rock art has long been a source of interest and inspiration for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike. Such encounters between the makers, viewers, and traces of the past and present—might be viewed as a kind of exchange or contact. Yet much of the study of contact rock art regards art as though it were an endpoint or closure of the contact experience. In this respect the image is relegated to the past, and research is a process of looking back at an exchange that has already occurred. In contrast, and in keeping with the general theme of this volume, I want to treat rock art as a starting point capable of generating dialogue in and about the present.
|Title of host publication||Relating to Rock Art in the Contemporary World|
|Subtitle of host publication||Navigating Symbolism, Meaning and Significance|
|Editors||Liam M. Brady, Paul S.C. Tacon|
|Place of Publication||United States|
|Publisher||University Press of Colorado|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|