Pam Liu

Birds in African Cultures

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Library Hall
Artist, ecologist, educator and crane enthusiast Pam Liu reveals symbolic expressions of birds by different cultures in Africa at different times

To complement Saturday's keynote talk on endangered cranes of Africa, Pam Liu presents a new talk, “Symbolic expressions of birds by different groups in Africa at different times,” for the 2019 Yampa Valley Crane Festival. Symbolic representations of birds used by different African groups date from ancient Egyptian times to the present. Liu focuses her talk on how and why birds were used as symbols during the times of the Egyptian pharaohs, the images and meaning of bird symbols used by the Yoruba tribe in West Africa, and finally contemporary symbols and connections with birds that are woven into the lives of African people today.

About the Yampa Valley Crane Festival

The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley. Returning in the spring, cranes nest and raise their young in wetland areas throughout the valley. In late summer and early fall, hundreds of cranes from the Rocky Mountain flock join the local birds to rest and feed before continuing their journey south. The festival includes daily crane viewings, expert speakers, films, art exhibits, workshops, family activities and more. All community activities and events are free unless otherwise indicated in the program, and Bud Werner Memorial Library is festival headquarters and the venue for many of these talks, films and events.

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