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Pictograph Cave State Park program on rock art interpretation

Headlines - Region 5

Mon Aug 30 00:00:00 MDT 2010

BILLINGS – Timothy P. McCleary will present a program entitled “Ghosts on the Land:  Apsáalooke (Crow Indian) Interpretations of Rock Art” at Pictograph Cave State Park at 7 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010. The program is based on his doctoral thesis and was submitted as a requirement for his doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois. McCleary teaches at Little Big Horn College.

According to McCleary, “the Crow cultural knowledge of rock art is embedded in narratives and practice.  Meaning is created through memory, experience and visitation or avoidance of rock art sites.”  His program at Pictograph Cave State Park will focus on how the Apsáalooke (Crow Indian) people “read” rock art and also, why some images are seen as human-made, while others are believed to have been created by ghosts. Pictograph Cave, in the Apsáalooke language, is known as Alahpaláaxawaalaatuua (Where There is Ghost Writing).

Admission to the state park and public program are free of charge for Montana residents; however, park fees apply to non-residents.  For more information, call Pictograph Cave State Park at (406) 254-7342 or the Region 5 Fish, Wildlife and Parks office in Billings at (406) 247-2940.

Pictograph Cave State Park is open daily, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  The Park’s visitor center is open daily, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  through Sept. 6, 2010. 

Pictograph Cave State Park is one of 54 state parks in Montana.  With numerous parks spread throughout the state, residents can experience boating, swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, geological wonders and a chance to get away, almost without leaving your backyard. For more information about Montana State Parks, please visit and click on “State Parks.”

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