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WEBINAR: Coso Shamans and Black Glass Traders with Dr. Alan Garfinkel

Coso Shamans and Black Glass Traders: Hunting Religion and Animal Ceremonialism in the Eastern Sierra and the Great Basin Frontier

with Dr. Alan Garfinkel

This is a webinar from Team Black - you’ll receive a link a day or two prior to the webinar. Join in from anywhere you have a computer and internet!


No physical location - this is a webinar!

1 Hour for the presentation - 1 hour for questions with Dr. Garfinkel!

Dynamic Lecture and Visual Aids.

This presentation provides a unique insiders’ view of breakthrough research on Coso rock art and hunter gatherer religious metaphor.

Through compelling visual aids and a dynamic lecture you will personally connect with one of most recognized and scholarly researchers known globally for his research on world class Coso rock art.

This opportunity provides you with:

Unpublished first-hand accounts of startling, new research that rewrites the history books relating to Coso shamanism and prehistoric hunting religion.

Updates and cutting edge information on little known Coso rock art sites unseen by the general public.

The presentation highlights working hypotheses on Coso rock art relating to connections with the American Southwest and Mexico examining deep time interconnections between the ancient Uto-Aztecans and eastern California.

Seminar Outline

  • Hunting magic and animal ceremonialism

  • Shamanism and vision quests

  • Oral traditions and sacred narrative

  • Coso Range rock art – character, age, ethnic affiliation, meaning, and function

  • Decorated animal humans

  • Yahwera– Animal Master of the Netherworld

  • Hunting weaponry

  • Synthesis, interpretations

  • Moon goddess and primordial pilgrims panel

  • Understanding deep time Uto-Aztecan Cosmology

About Dr. Garfinkel


Dr. Alan Garfinkel is a California and Great Basin anthropologist/archaeologist principally known for his work with the Native peoples of California and the Great Basin and for his studies of Native American rock art of the Far West. He has been recognized for his pioneering anthropological studies as the recipient of the 2008 and 2011 California State Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

He received his Bachelor’s degree at California State University, Northridge and his MA and Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Garfinkel is currently a cultural resource management consultant with AGG Associates and serves as President of the California Rock Art Foundation.  He has served as Principal Investigator for cultural resource preservation projects totaling $10.5 million dollars.

He is the of  author of five books including Archaeology and Rock Art and Handbook of the Kawaiisu and has published 50 scientific articles in academic journals in North America, India, the United Kingdom, and Australia. He has been an invited guest scholar to universities in California, a research facility in Colorado, a forum in Mumbai, India and to the University of Guanajuato in Mexico., an international scholarly exchange consisting of 29 million users and including 8 million research papers is the largest electronic platform in the world for academic digital sharing.  Dr. Garfinkel is ranked among the top 2.0% its contributors worldwide.