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.