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Preserving the oldest “books” in North America
Like a book, each mural in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands was authored and composed to communicate thoughts and ideas. These ancient paintings are visual narratives that will reveal new chapters in the prehistory of North America. At Shumla, we work to preserve and share the “library” of painted texts and the information they hold through documentation, research, stewardship and education.
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Documentation: Recording the Fragile Artwork
Stewardship: Encouraging Interest and Awareness
Research: Unraveling the Mural’s Mysteries
Education: Connecting to Our Shared Past
The Board of Directors and Staff of Shumla hope to facilitate a future where:
- Shumla is a global leader in rock art research and education, collaborating with partners, across disciplines and internationally.
- The ancient paintings of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands continue to inspire awe, enjoyment, and scholarship far into the future.
- The library of information housed in the oldest ‘books’ in North America is available to all.