Nebo's Title VII Native American Indian Program will be holding an art exhibit and Pow Wow to celebrate the hard work of students during the Camp Eagle Summer Program. Come celebrate as we share this Sacred Images exhibit and Artists-in-Residence project on Thursday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Sierra Bonita Elementary located at 53 East 1800 South, Spanish Fork, UT 84660.

Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art is a unique photography exhibit that introduces people of all ages to Utah’s world-class rock art.  It was developed by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art (CDEA) in Salt Lake City.

The exhibit now features 45 stunning images by four noted Utah photographers with interpretive text by art historian David Sucec and oral history interviews with Native Americans by CDEA Executive Director Leslie Kelen.  The exhibit reveals breathtaking prehistoric and historic rock art images as they stand on boulders, cliff faces, and overhangs throughout Utah.  The didactic text and accompanying book (republished recently by the Canyonlands Natural History Association) illuminate the images with an evaluation of the four artistic styles developed by native peoples of the region during a period of more than 8,000 years.  The oral history interviews with contemporary Native Americans provide a unique perspective on the mythology, tradition, and ceremony associated with rock art and rock art sites. 

Overall, the Sacred Images exhibit powerfully conveys why these sites remain “sacred” to Utah’s and the region’s Native American people; why the Bureau of Land Management has made their preservation a national priority; and why Pulitzer Prize winning author N. Scott Momaday describes these images as” the beginning of art in America and the origin of American literature.”

Eileen Quintana coordinates the Title VII Native American Indian program in Nebo School District.