For over five millennia, aboriginal artists recorded elaborate scenes upon the limestone canvas of canyons and rock shelters in an area defined by the lower courses of the Pecos and Devil's rivers and their confluences with the Rio Grande. The pressures of modern development, burgeoning populations, industrial pollution, environmental degradation, natural rock decay, and vandalism are inexorably erasing these fragile works of art. The Rock Art Foundation believes that the most effective conservation program must incorporate two approaches: education and preservation.
In January 2017, the Rock Art Foundation officially transferred its assets, property, administration and activities to the Witte Museum. This momentous gift includes ownership and protection of one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America, the White Shaman Preserve, located on the Pecos River, near the Seminole Canyon State Historical Park. This astounding site was purchased by Rock Art Foundation board members Gale and Connie Galloway and generously donated to the Foundation. For decades, the Rock Art Foundation has led the way in stewardship, access and passion about the people and history of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands. The Rock Art Foundation includes more than 900 members, who are now Witte Museum Members.
The Witte Museum’s long history of study and excavation in the Lower Pecos region of Texas dates to the 1930s; currently, it houses more than 20,000 artifacts from these ancient sites. With the opening of the New Witte in March 2017, visitors have unparalleled opportunities to be transformed through immersive experiences of prehistoric life in the Kittie West Nelson Ferguson People of the Pecos Gallery and also on-site at White Shaman Preserve and other sites in the Lower Pecos Canyonlands.
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