Shumla in the News

Shumla’s research and education is gaining local, national and international attention. Here are just a few of the news stories and articles that have been published about Shumla.

(Click on each heading to access articles, videos, radio shows, etc.)

May 2017 — Texas Co-op Power Magazine

In their May issue, Texas Co-op Power, included a two-page excerpt straight from Carolyn Boyd’s book, The White Shaman Mural: An Enduring Creation Narrative.

April 2017 — Marfa Public Radio Broadcast and Article
Shumla Director, Jessica Lee, was interviewed by Marfa Public Radio’s, Drew Stuart. She talks about her first encounter with the art of the Lower Pecos and the passion that drives her and the whole Shumla team to preserve this Texas treasure.

April 2017 — Texas Country Reporter TV Episode
The Iconic Texas Country Reporter, Bob Roberts and his wife Kelli, visited with Dr. Carolyn Boyd and the Shumla staff. Their 7-minute segment really reaches the depths of the passion and commitment of the Shumla team. (Video below)

March 2017 — UT Press Podcast
Listen now or download this podcast for your next 20 minutes in the car! Carolyn Boyd and Jessica Lynn Lee share stories of first time they saw the murals, why they now call them “books” and the meaning encoded in the images, the colors and even the act of painting.

March 2017 — The Texas Standard
A great segment on NPR’s – The Texas Standard – about Carolyn’s work and the Witte Museum People of the Pecos Exhibit. Listen from minute 00:25:30 to 00:30:00.

February 2017 — Texas Monthly
Full page image of the White Shaman mural and a short piece by Texas Country Reporter, Bob Phillips.

January 2017 — Glasstire Texas Visual Art Magazine
Feature Story: “Overwhelmed By Wonder: Carolyn Boyd and Lower Pecos Rock Art”
Author Gene Fowler delves into the history of research in the Lower Pecos culminating in Carolyn’s new book The White Shaman Mural: An Enduring Creation Narrative.

September 2016 — Texas Highways
Guess what is number SIX out of 42 items on the Texas Highways’ Texas Bucket List – “Behold the Rock Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands.” Check it out and try to hit them all… Starting with #6 of course!

Summer 2016 — Preservation Magazine
Shumla’s preservation work at Amistad National Recreation Area’s Panther Cave site was featured on pages 30-31. Unfortunately, two images they used were not of Panther Cave (as stated in the captions), but it’s still a lovely article and image spread. Click the title above to view the article. Scroll down to “Amistad National Recreation Area.”

June 2016 — Texas HERITAGE Magazine
Shumla Executive Director, Jessica Lee’s, article about Shumla’s research on paint stratigraphy and the discovery that proved the White Shaman Mural was, in fact, a single composition begins on page 8. Only subscriber’s can see the article online, the PDF is available above. Visit to subscribe.

Winter 2016 — Del Rio Grande
Cover Story: “Rock Art’s Star — Dr. Carolyn Boyd Keeps Tab on Area’s History”
Carolyn Boyd was featured in the Del Rio New Herald’s first edition of Del Rio Grande Magazine. In the 6-page spread, author Karen Gleason captured the mystery and the discovery that drove Carolyn to move to this area and focus all her energy on the study and preservation of the rock art.

May 2015 — San Antonio KSAT News
KSAT News Anchor, Justin Horne, visited the Lower Pecos to explore the rock art and Shumla’s advanced technology. His 2-minute news segment gets right to the core of Shumla’s work and the rock art’s significance.

September 2014 — Texas Highways
Dr. Carolyn Boyd was named one of Texas Highway’s “Extraordinary Texans” for her tireless work preserving the ancient art of the Lower Pecos and educating students of all ages.

January 2014 — Western Digs
New technology is providing unexpected insights into some of the most distinctive rock art in the American West, archaeologists say. What’s more, new dating techniques suggest that a signature style of Lower Pecos rock art may have persisted thousands of years longer than had been thought.

May 2012 — Discover Magazine
Feature Story: “Secrets of the White Shaman”
In this beautiful piece, Author Will Hunt followed the path of discovery traveled by Carolyn Boyd to discern patterns in the Lower Pecos rock art and determine how to decipher their meaning. It is amazing to see how far the interpretative work has come in just 5 years. In 2012, Carolyn had not yet discovered the connections she would soon uncover in the Aztec codices.

March 2012 — Texas Highways
Cover Story: “Panther Cave: Rock Art in Danger.”
This feature story about the documentation and preservation of Panther Cave mural included 8 full pages on the collaborative project between Shumla, the National Park and Texas Parks and Wildlife to document and laser-scan the entire over 180 ft. long mural.

Winter 2016 Del Rio Grande Magazine featuring Dr. Carolyn Boyd

The Winter 2016 cover of Del Rio Grande Magazine featuring Dr. Carolyn Boyd. Click on the image to read the entire article.

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