Memory and Materiality in Rock Art and Ghost Dance Performances

Author(s): Alex Ruuska

Year: 2017


In this paper, I examine the materiality of memory practices as expressed in rock art associated with the Ghost Dance in the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, and Eastern California. Building on Jeff Malpas’ (2010) claim that "place is perhaps the key term for interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences in the 21st C." (Creswell 2015:1), and Susan Kuchler’s perspective of ‘landscape as memory’ in which embodied experiences "govern the mnemonic transmission of land-based relationships" (Bender 1995:86), my paper explores embodied ontological, epistemological, and discursive relationships between and among people, places, and the land.

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Memory and Materiality in Rock Art and Ghost Dance Performances. Alex Ruuska. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429186)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -122.761; min lat: 29.917 ; max long: -109.27; max lat: 42.553 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 14881