Museum of the Rockies, Extreme History Project, and Yellowstone Writing Project have partnered to offer educators a unique opportunity to earn 3 OPI renewal units. Participants will be encouraged to attend an optional self-guided tour of the museum before registration. Our PIR sessions start at 5:30 in the Redstart classroom (basement of the Museum of the Rockies). We then attend the Extreme History Project lecture at 6 p.m. in Hager Auditorium and return to the Redstart classroom for light refreshments, a writing prompt, and discussion over the lecture.
April's lecture is Cry to Heaven: Golden Eagles and Thunderbirds in the Bighorn Basin presented by Bonnie Lawrence Smith
"Here in the Plains Basin of North America, we find some of the most exceptional rock art in the Americas," says Bonnie Lawrence-Smith, curatorial assistant of the Draper Natural History Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. She explains that - like populations everywhere - the early peoples of the Bighorn Basin wove stories as explanations for the natural world around them. This presentation focuses on explanations of raptors and birds of prey consistently depicted in rock art and found in several sites on both public and private lands. Bonnie proposes there is a connection "between ancient eagle (Aquila crysataetos) nests, Native American eagle traps, and thunderbird representations at these sites.