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Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization working to preserve the oldest “books” in North America — the narrative murals of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands.

These murals, painted between 4,000 and 1,000 years ago, depict the myths and beliefs of the ancient people who lived in this place. They are closely related to the myths and beliefs of ancient and modern-day speakers of the “Uto-Aztecan” language family — including the Aztec encountered by the Spanish in the 1500’s and the present-day Huichol of northwest Mexico. These murals will illuminate broad global questions about prehistoric human intelligence, cognition, belief-systems, migration patterns, and much more.

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