Black Canyon Project

Black Canyon Participatory Interpretive Project

Started in 2014, this project brings together the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge with the Nuwuvi Nation and local stakeholders to create educational interpretation for the Black Canyon landscape. This remarkable landscape includes more than 250 petroglyphs and pictographs that currently lack educational signage and are not protected from unauthorized use. Facilitated by The Mountain Institute and Portland State University, the project conducted collaborative research that included Nuwuvi interviewing their elders about what to share with the public. The project also involved the local community in order to share their stories. The interpretive signage for the landscape is currently being co-designed, co-written, and constructed. It will include many opportunities for visitors to get to know and respect the thousands of years of human history of this important place.


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