Dear Friends,

It's that time again for oranges, yellows and browns, for the leaves to fall and for our hearts to fill with gratitude. Of course, this year looks a little different. Many of us are sharing "selfies" like this one with our loved ones instead of taking group pictures of family and friends gathered from afar. But near or far, we are together in heart. We have felt your care and generosity this year. It has bolstered and propelled us. When we sit down for our Thanksgiving meals, alone or together, we will have you with us in our thoughts. We'll also remember the people who painted the panels we preserve, who communicate with us across millennia. We are all part of the Shumla family that connects us.
From all of us, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Jessica Lee Hamlin
Executive Director
Dr. Diana Rolón returns to Shumla!
In 2018 Diana Rolón travelled all the way from Mexico City to spend a few months with our crew in the field and lab. A visit to Halo Shelter and its exquisite feline motifs sparked her interest. Diana decided to study the motif in more depth through postdoctoral research with Shumla.

The feline motif is an important symbol in many world cultures, past and present. In the Lower Pecos region, where artists communicated their beliefs through complex depictions of human-like and animal-like and enigmatic figures, the feline was particularly symbolic. Diana's study of the representation of the feline figures in the Lower Pecos rock art, utilizing the Alexandria Project data, will shed light on not only this motif but its meaning in context.
Diana and Dr. Carolyn Boyd will be working closely to uncover the meaning behind the depiction of felines in the Lower Pecos rock art and how they are closely related with other figures in the mythical narratives.

Diana is an archaeologist and a member of the academic staff at the Division of Postgraduate Studies of National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH). Her main research focus is ancient Mesoamerica archaeology and rock art in northern Mexico and interpretation theories.
We're so excited to have Diana return to Shumla for her postdoctoral research on felines in the Lower Pecos rock art through Texas State.

Welcome Diana!!
As the end of 2020 is coming into view, we can't help but reflect on the generous support you have given.

Every gift directly supports our dedicated staff to continue our preservation efforts in the Lower Pecos. We couldn't do it without you!
We are close to meeting our

With your support we can make it all the way to our $100,000 goal!
We hope you'll consider a year-end gift to Shumla. Shumla is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization: EIN-74-2869788. Your 2020 donation will be 100% matched by the Summerlee Foundation and your gifts to Shumla are tax-free.
Our littlest intern is hard at work!

You may recall a few months back we introduced you to Shumla's littlest helper, Eloise. She's been working very hard these last few months with her mom, Veronica, and has become quite the natural when it comes to finance and operations. She knows just how important it is to mail those bill payments to our vendors on time.

Sure, you may catch her sleeping on the job from time to time, but we'll let that slide for the next few years.
A new coloring page is here for you to download just in time for the long holiday weekend!
For this coloring page we have some fabulously enigmatic figures from Rattlesnake Shelter.

Click here to watch a short video and learn more about this figure and how we believe it was painted.

Click here to download a pdf for you to color.

We'd love to see your version of this coloring page! Share and tag us on Facebook and Instagram.

Have fun!
In case you missed it, here are some other coloring pages of figures from Rattlesnake Shelter that we have shared with you in the past.

Click below or visit our website!
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Send us a smile this holiday season by selecting Shumla as your nonprofit organization to support. Just in time for the holidays, and as we approach Cyber Monday, you can choose to designate Shumla as your charity on Amazon Smile and we'll receive 0.5% of every purchase you make at no additional cost to you.

Amazon Smile is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.

Looking for another great way to show your support for Shumla this holiday season? Mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday on December 1st. It's just around the corner! You can make your donation here.
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